I'm making this over a dog issue, but really don't care where it ends up, so feel free to ask "how would you"s of your own. If this is in the wrong spot, mods, feel free to move it or delete it or what have you.
My family includes one 11-year-old Australian Shepard mix, who we've owned since before she was on solid food, to protect the otherwise-innocent we'll call her Ginger. Now Ginger's a nice dog, real laid-back lap mutt, always happy to see you, wouldn't hurt a fly.
And one of these days either me or my mother is going to kill her before we can stop ourselves.*
We can deal with the incontinence, it was just a matter of time with her, and while it can be annoying we can deal with the deafness and the barking it brings. We just can't believe that with her arthritis she can still manage to jump onto the counter to steal food!
She's done it on rare occasions over the last year, but in the last two weeks she's grabbed a whole cake, two pounds of venison hotdogs, a loaf of bread, and this morning I came down stairs to find that she'd destroyed my mother's favorite ceramic bowl to get at the leftover dinner rolls. Before a tragic incident with my mother's birthday cake last year this was never an issue, and I'm worried that he pulling all these heists so close together is going to make someone snap(we're all very possessive of our food).
She's at a healthy weight, and getting the same amount of food she's gotten for years.
So, "how would you" handle an older-than-dirt dog who can't hear, has trouble with stairs, yet is stealing food off the counters?
*No dog-murder is forthcoming, don't worry.