Arthritis. His left shoulder and some in his hips. He is on daily pain medication and joint supplements. His hearing is poor and estimated that he is about 80% deaf, but he fits right in with my other dogs that have "selective" hearing.
to Rescue because:
Turned over by shelter
Dexter was dropped off at the Utah Humane Society. His surrender forms listed the reason as "too old".
Dexter is an avid swimmer and will swim until he is so tired that he will sink. He has to be monitored to make sure he doesn't get that tired!
Like all chessies, Dexter will alert bark, but because he can't hear that well, he will ignore you when you tell him "enough". We haven't been successful at crate training him for this same reason, but so far he has been completely trustworthy in the house unattended.
Dexter was 10-11 years old when we took him from the shelter 2.5 years ago. He has never acted like a senior until recently and unfortunately I believe he has months left instead of years now. Dexter is definitely a dog that we feel privileged to have known and loved. I am only leaving him up for adoption so that others can see how amazing senior dogs are -he isn't leaving our home until he passes. Don't worry; he spends every meal in our laps, every afternoon playing fetch and every evening in our beds.
2012 here we go!