And then he turned “100”

2018, Dec, 20 | MANUEL - SA & more | 0 comments

When is it time to let go?

Then all of a sudden – they turn “100”. This is what we excepted and prepared for, and this is also what happened.

SA & Kidneys

Still under control. Still treating only locally when needed. Still good results when testing urine and blood. Still providing the best produce we could find (organic).

General impression – OK

Manuel slowly shows that he is older, older in his body.
It is something we humans need to understand, listen to and adapt to.

Decreased hearing ability

He does hear, and we do not need to raise our voices. But there is a difference when it comes to high frequences. E.g. this year the fire-works were not a problem because he does not seem to hear the highest frequencies

Less muscle control

His “behind” is weaker, so we have made sure he does not need to jump or walk on slippery surfaces.

Slower “nerve connections”

So he does not feel when he needs to go in good advance. When he needs to go, he needs to rather soon. So he tells us it is urgent, and we listen.


However – mental status impression – NOT OK

I can often see in his eyes that he is “tired”. The spark is not there.

Time to plan the unthinkable…

We do not want to go to the animal hospital in panic with a super frightened Manuel. That is not how we want it to end.

The challenge for a responsible human

So they have good days and bad days. When should one help them to leave this world?
To us, the answer has always been:

  • When it is best for HIM
  • NOT when it is best for US

I have been part of situations where I have thought the decision was taken “too late”. I do not, want to be part of that – ever again.

  • He should not be in unnecessary pain
  • We, must take the terrible pain

This content is written post mortem but the date is set as correct in to relation when it really happened. I think it is very important to share this experience and knowledge but I have not had the energy to do so, until now (2021).

Charlotte Steneloo

Charlotte Steneloo

Akita owner from Sweden working for openness regarding health issues. One of the founders of Akita-Unleashed. I consider "experience" to be good, that is - if you have opened your mind for change and actually have learnt something, otherwise claiming you are "experienced" means nothing to me... I dare you.

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