Bob ans Stan are 10 year sold now - that would be nearly 80 in human years.
They are starting to get a little gray and a few "old age" problems, but nothing that has been too much. Stan has a cataract on one eye since 2006, so he can only see with one eye. But he does really good anyway after some adjustment. He is a very active dog in great physical shape.
Bob has always been a little sickly, he had kennel cough when we got him and almost died. He still suffers from chronic bronchitis, but nothing that gets in way of him enjoying life. When he was younger his knee (patella) used to pop out, but this was something we could easily fix, and in 10 minutes he was back to normal.
Now it seems he has developed osteo-arthritis of the knee, and we have done what we can, but he won't use his leg much. Today we talked to the vet, and while the dogs are being boarded during our vacation Bob is scheduled to have his teeth clean, so they are also going to take an x-ray and some blood while he is out from the meds anyway.
The x-ray and blood work should determine if Bob is a candidate for knee surgery. If he is, there is a great chance his knee can get back to normal again, so we hope he is! We really want him tom be able to really enjoy his last years (he should have about 5-6 more years left since the average min pin gets to about 16 years old).
Both Bob and Stan are family members and have given us so much, so of course we want to return the favor if we can. I guess we will find out after the trip if he can have the surgery or not. Today they gave him a steroid shot that should provide him some relief for a month or so.