I order her Rimadyl from Drs. Foster and Smith. It's cheaper than going through her Vet but they supply the prescription for her. I used to order a whole year's supply to get free shipping but their prices have gone up about 20 bucks a year so I had to cut back to a 4 month supply this time.
The supplement is bought from the same company we get our own vitamins. There's no need to buy the expensive joint medicine from a specialty store or Vet, people pills do just fine.
She still loves her walks in the morning and then sleeps the rest of the day either inside or out. She's probably about 80% deaf now so I use different hand gestures or talk loud to get my point across. No more greeting me at the door like she used to when she heard the key turn the lock. I can be home for a good 10 minutes before she knows I'm there and I go to her to give her pats on the head. She only eats once a day but it consists of dinner at 5:00, hard treats at 7:00, soft treats at 8:00, another small bowl of dog food, then it's off to bed. She knows what time it is too, and will keep bugging us until we follow her schedule.
We don't take her in our van much anymore because it's very hard for her to jump in. And Heaven forbid if I try and help her. I pick her up and she flails her legs and hurts herself more. The other night through we took her to my Mom's and it might be the last time. She gets the whole back bench seat to herself but she's not very steady on her feet anymore and won't sit down. I hit a small pot hole and she flew off the seat. Then my sun shade opened up and she was slipping and sliding all over the place. She seemed out of sorts at my Moms and by the time we got home she was exhausted and slept the rest of the night. She got an extra pain pill for that ordeal.
By the next morning she's a trooper and ready for the day to start all over again. So I'll happily keep buying those doggy drugs to keep her going until she can go no more.