Irene, you are so very sweet and thank you for the compliment.
I can relate to that feeling of nervousness just before the Neurology visit. Mind you, all in all, it sounds like Jack is maintaining very well. His "episode" was in May, and you've not seen anything like it since, which is the good news. Remember that the first 2 years after Oliver's diagnosis, there were all sorts of hiccups along the way. It is also good to know that by merely adding an aspirin a day to Jack's meds could easily make the difference, which is cost efficient and easy to do.
It sounds like Jack is doing very well, as I said. There is no further pain when manipulated, which is a good thing. I think we would all agree that if our dogs could maintain a happy, relatively healthy existence, that is fine with us. Oliver shows signs of pain in the usual spots, but again, they are not increasing. We simply avoid the things that hurt. He can no longer jump up on anything, but can still manage the stairs (slowly) and going down is also still doable. He is very cautious with himself, and we are very patient.
Oliver certainly comes to life when food or treats are involved!
Jack will be an "old man" one day I'm quite sure. Wow, he is going to be four this year as Oliver turns 9! We're very blessed. From everything that I've been told, dogs that will not do well this illness show that usually within the first 3 to 6 months of diagnosis. The longer they have living with the disease, just with medication, the better. As long as there is no deterioration, it is cause for celebration.
Irene, clearly you have a working knowledge of medicine. Do you mind if I ask what it is that you do? I don't think you've ever told me, and if you have, I've clearly forgotten. If you would rather not say in a public forum, I understand that as well.
Enjoy Manhattan at this time of year as Summer turns Fall. I used to always visit in January and loved it there then. I would go annually from the time I was 10 until I was 30, and we always stayed at the Metropolitan Club on 60th & 5th. Now I haven't been in 20 years and desperately wish to return. Having children and being married certainly stepped all over my ability to travel. It was worth it.
I think NYC has changed considerably, as I was there mostly in the 70's and 80's when it was still rather "gritty". I always loved it there. I also attended in July, as my Father had business and asked me if I wished to meet him there. We totally forgot that it was the July 4th weekend, and it also happened to be the 100th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty Celebrations! I won't bore you with my tales from that sojourn except to say I bought an amazing outfit and had a blast, but it was TOO hot and unpleasant in the City.
I went way off topic there for a moment. I do apologize!
Last winter was so kind to our dogs with the milder winter. Let's hope this coming winter will be good as well.