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Although I try to check in every once in a while, I have to apologize for not being on this beautiful Community as often as I would like to. This was our first Goldendoodle "online" home and family and in our hearts, you guys are always # 1.

Over the last year or so, especially the last 6 months, Pedro has definitely slowed down quite a bit. Recently, our Vet informed us that Pedro has "Degenerative Myelopathy" which at a neurological level affects the function of his hind legs. He moves slower going up and down the stairs and sometimes his hind legs give out from under him. He is not in pain, but unfortunately other than trying to keep the muscles strong, there is no treatment and eventually he will lose the function of his back legs completely. I have been doing some reading and it is compared to MS in humans. 

However, Pedro doesn't know he has this condition and he still thinks he is 1. He has bursts of energy but is quite content napping and relaxing with us, going for more frequent but shorter walks and playing tug a war with his toys. He loves his Daddy and me and he has us and his grandpawrents (my parents) wrapped around his big paws. Everyone in our neighbourhood know him and call him by name and our friends and family know what an important member of our family he is. He continues to live la vida loca! LOL

He turned 11 years old last Saturday and as usual, I made a big deal out of it. We took him for a nice walk on a beautiful, crisp November day, he had presents, his Grandpawrents and Uncle Mateo (the Westie) came to visit and bring him gifts and cuddles, there was cake, cookies and for dinner I made him his very own "pupizza" with sweet potatoe sauce, ground turkey, broccoli and parmesan cheese. He LOVED IT!

We hope that you and your pups, human, canine, feline or others, are all doing well. To our American Goldendoodle Family, our wishes for a happy and safe Thanksgiving and as always, big, loving paws to all!

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Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on November 29, 2018 at 1:21pm

Belated Happy Birthday wishes Pedro!

So sad to hear he's having health problems.  It is hard to watch them suffer, yet they never feel sorry for themselves, and that's a good thing.  Give him a big hug from me and Nessy!

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on November 21, 2018 at 5:14pm

Sorry to hear about Pedro.  They sure don't know what is going on but try to continue as usual. 

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