Update on Reno: He was very vocal after coming home from the V-E-T on Saturday. Poor guy would even wake up meowing. He was also hoarse, leading us to believe he did a lot of howling while at the V-E-T. He has also been kinda clingy with Maw, following her efurrywhere and even lying on her lap. But he also puts the HARD bitey on her fingers, which is another reason why he was never adopted.
As for the C/D, although the V-E-T said he needed to be on it the rest of his life, he doesn't like the canned stuff, and Maw doesn't want to switch the whole gang over to C/D, primarily because of Obi's penile urethrostomy. The surgeon who performed Obi's operation told Maw at the time that Obi should not be on any of the URI diets because they could end up causing the opposite crystals, although he never exhibited any crystals when he was blocked. He was blocked with sediment and had a severe bladder infection. He has had several bladder infections since, and he has to go on steroids to bring the inflammation down. The V-E-T believes these bladder infections are due to Obi's "sensitive" nature and stress. And Obi & Reno are siblings. So Maw might mix dry C/D with the rest of our dry foods (except for Gatsbi's R/D that stays on the floor) so that Reno gets some C/D, but she doesn't want to switch our entire diet to C/D. And Reno drinks plenty of water from the fountains and the bathroom sinks. He did NOT like drinking water from that tiny little ceramic bowl in his cage at the V-E-T. So Maw isn't going to hold Keno & Bunco in the same months from now on, and isn't going to bring a toddler over to see us. Since Obi & Reno are both so susceptible to stress and bladder infections. Oy!
As for Dorfie, the book about blind dogs hasn't arrived yet. But knowing that Dorfie is going blind helps Maw to understand his behaviors better now. Such as; he walks with his nose very close to the ground much of the time. He also startles very easily when he is closely inspecting something and another poodin comes up and sniffs him. He likes to walk right into the pantry when Maw pulls out the food containers and closely inspect it. He does the same with the cabinets.
Several of you suggested ramps and steps. We already have steps leading up to the bed because it is one of those super tall Shaker beds. Dorfie uses those steps. He also uses the step next to the garden tub, then climbs on the tub, then jumps onto the bathroom counter to get to the food and water up there.
Last night was the first "cool" night of the season. It actually dropped into the 50s in the 'burbs. There were so many poodins huddled up against Maw that she couldn't move. We had her pinned down. At one time when she got too hot from too many poodins, she had to wake up, sit on the pillow and pull her legs out from under the covers and the poodins.