OMG......I have been played.....by a dog!
It all started a few weeks ago...........one morning Brogie seemed stiffer than usual and when we got to the steps he hesitated...........I started down and looked back at him and he looked at me with his melt-your-heart little face and I decided to go scoop him up and we all went downstairs. The next morning I went downstairs and heard Brogie barking at the top of the stairs so I went back up and carried him down. He quickly figured out that if he wanted either up or down the stair all he had to do was bark and I'd give him a free ride. You know , I was a little suspicious because he was still walking well and he often chased the squirrels etc .........but I thought the stairs were too painful for him. WRONG.
I was out of town for a few days and when I called home I asked Steve how he was doing with Brogie and the stairs and wouldn't you know it .......Mr. melt-your-heart had been running up and down the stairs at will for two days.
OK maybe he had an injury and needed a little help for awhile ......and maybe his injury was healed by the time I went on my trip.............m a y b e..........whatever, that's how I'm going to rationalize the whole thing. I have to preserve a little bit of dignity, right?