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  1. Poodle is falling all the time. At first he was falling occasionally and both vets said "I can't fix old". Now it has gotten far worse. I'd say since Sunday he must have fallen 30 times. He still beats me up to go for walks so we walk two driveways, and back. He usually does better on the concrete but fell last night and then fell trying to come up the steps. Yesterday I was putting away groceries and heard scrabbling in the living room like he and Barkley were playing.. When I went in it was Poodle. He'd laid down on the hardwoods and couldn't get up. The everyday falls seem to bother me more than him but he was very upset when he couldn't get up. When he poops he doesn't poop when he squats - he poops later as he's walking away - it's like his brain and his back end don't connect. Dr. Josh said his spinal cord is deteriorating and we are nearing the end of the road - which I know. I've just never faced this where as Josh says "the brain is fine, the internal organs are fine but the spinal cord is crap". Everyone else has been in pain (or in Buddy's case not in pain but struggling to breathe) when I've said goodbye. If he quit eating or didn't want to go for a short walk I'd say I have my sign, but I don't know what to do. I'm here 98% of the time but what if he falls and can't get up when I'm at the grocery store or Wal-Mart or the doctor? If a dog could be lathered he would have been yesterday and it was only a matter of a few minutes. I know it is my decision, but I've never had such a tough one. Thanks for the vent.
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