Our crabby old man IS looking fitter and is feeling much more frisky than when he joined the White Dog Army just two months ago.
His foster mom had nursed Storm back to health and started him on the Road to Wellville by improving his diet and moderating his intake. He was a chunky monkey, not good for an older gentleman with arthritis. She slimmed him down by 7lbs during his stay with her.
The dry New Mexico air and warm sunshine suit our boy...as apparently does the White Dog Army diet. Lots of fresh veggies and fish-based proteins have continued his leaning up. Watching him eat spaghetti squash and broccoli is still amazing. When I make salad I now have to slice two cucumbers, one for the WDA (with Stormer pushing to the head of the line) and one for our salads.
As a result of getting his weight under control, CA has begun to enjoy bedtime walks. Some nights he insists on joining in on two or three of the groups in addition to his normal Sniff and Stroll Brigade. AND he now manages the front steps without any difficulty.
He has done this all without the use of pharmaceuticals. A regimen of glucosamine enhanced vitamins, Alenza (a natural anti-inflammatory) and T-Relief (an herbal aid in fighting arthritis) seem to be keeping him limber and free of pain.
All of which adds up to CA Stormer, at 14, being a fit and hardy member of this Army...even if still a little cranky sometimes.
|Can't you just hear the theme to "Stayin' Alive" ?|