April 18, 2011 § 26 Comments
Although Maple will soon be turning 11 months old in a few weeks, many people who we encounter during our walks think she’s an innocent puppy who has yet to make her mark in this world because she’s just such a tiny little thing. However, we believe Maple has, by now, reached her full adult height. And, unless she experiences a last minute growth spurt, she’ll be forever our little pipsqueak.
We love the fact that Maple is tiny and small—her petite frame makes it pretty easy for us to travel with her and bring her along to any dog-friendly cafes in town (especially the indoor ones with space constraints). On the other hand, Maple’s short legs have dealt quite a blow to my knees. I find myself constantly having to bend up and down numerous times a day, whether it’s to rub Maple’s belly, retrieve her toy from under the sofa, or prepare her meals. My poor knees have become wobbly like jelly—sometimes they ache and get a bit creaky, too.
In order to avoid causing further damage to my joints, I have resorted to protecting my knees with a knee guard as well as preventing cartilage degeneration with glucosamine supplements. Taking these measures is making me feel decades beyond my real age. *sigh*
MM and I were at West Coast Plaza when we spotted the Futuro knee guard on sale (S$15.30) at Guardian. I couldn’t wait to try it on and actually wore the knee guard right out of the store. Unfortunately, I think I might have bought a size too small. My leg feels like an overstuffed sausage that’s about to burst out of its seams. I hope with a few more wears, the fabric will give a little. The Ocean Health glucosamine sulphate supplement (S$35.20) was purchased from NTUC The Living Pharmacy. MM’s brother-in-law is an avid runner and attests to the effectiveness of glucosamine, so I hope to see some positive results!
To be honest, I don’t think Miss Little Red Maple Leaf is at all to be blamed for my weak knees. Hours of sitting crossed-legged at my office desk and wearing shoes with poor support are most likely the culprits. And, the fact that I just got bumped up one more year from 30 this month could also be a contributing factor… Oh, the joys of aging!