Nicky will be 14 years old next month and he is starting to have some health issues. At first it was his eyesight, he was becoming progressively blind, despite treatment this has sped up and he is now mostly blind and this affect his walking and his overall need to feel secure at all times. So we spend a lot of time making him comfortable. However in the house we cannot leave a room now and leave him on his own, he start to whine if he sense he is not near us. I do his eye drops every day but I wonder to what extent this is helping him now, except to keep his eyes moist. He has taken to come to me by the sound of my voice and then tilting his head as if to catch what I am saying, he also walks beside me now, my foot step guiding him, surprising how he adapted to changing circumstances. He also like to sleep next to me on the sofa knowing he is safe all wrapped up in his blanket.
Nicky and Eleonora aka Nora who is older than him by 7 days, have been with us since their birth, so they are truly a part of our little family and a presence in the house. Yes we have spoilt them and given them the best life possible. I know that it is extra care to look after Nick but he is very dear to us, we have to understand that he like Nora will not be with us forever.
Here in Capena at the home of Tiziana Tola who is very well known in dog breeding circles in Italy and her husband Dr Massimo Buzzanca. Will with our week old Nicky and Nora. Their mothers where also with us in the room, we came back to fetch them 7 weeks later.
Nicky in our home in Rome in 2010, my favourite photo of him. He loves the sunshine and sleeping in the sun is his thing, our sunshine boy. It is said that you will forgive your dog almost anything instantly, however we are not so forgiving for other fellow humans. I do not know why that is but maybe it is the relationship you have with your dog. Maybe is it because they are very perceptive, we have had dogs, all Dachshunds, for the last 34 years, so you learn a thing or two about them after all this time. Yes they are stubborn and will often only listen when it suits them, they are difficult to train and it requires persistence, however they are great companion and can be little clowns. I really cherish my time with Nick now more than ever.