We heard it was going to be sunny and 70 degrees on the coast this weekend - yes, in January - so we packed a picnic and went to Monterey. We even took the dog. In a way, we planned it for the dog.
We can see that her eyes are clouding over and realized about a year ago that she can't hear. She still gets excited about going places with us, but we see that she is frightened when she is out - probably overwhelmed by what she can't see and hear.
But we wanted to have an outing and take her along. She was great in the car, we brought her little bed and she sat and looked out the window all the way there. Once her little paws hit the sand she was not so sure of things. He dachshund nose was sniffing away, but she was not as intrigued with the sealife strewn over the sand as we thought she would be. Once the blanket was spread, she was much happier.
We walked her down to the water, thinking she might get excited and run in as she did in the past, but she was tail-tucked and looking back to the blanket so we made it a quick walk.
For the 3 hours or so we were there she never relaxed.
She did enjoy the picnic.
After Tom had a nice nap, we packed up and headed home with our little old lady. She slept almost all the way home - when we drove up over the Sunol grade and down into our valley she smelled home, perked up and sat looking out the window the rest of the way.
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