Nash has been with me as an old dog for nearly as long has he was young. It's been so long since we have run agility, walked through woods,harassed pedestrians as we drive by in a car, eat poop from hunters during hunting season, and done all those things we take for granted. I have forgotten until something jogs my memory. I suppose he has forgotten, too. This is who we are now.We have accepted this new stage of life, this new stage of old. He ages with Grace.
Everyone has different criteria when it comes to their old dog. Ruth said it best "As long as there is some joy in Life". It could be sniffing, eating, peeing, sitting in the sun, or whatever. Nash still has many joys in life at 16 1/2 years old, and despite his arthritis. I count his blessings. I Love my boy. Willow's greatest gift. To think he nearly didn't survive his birth.
* Sniffing poop and pee
* Of course checking out the girls
* Heat Cycles - He LOVES the girls then, and they love him too - we won't get weird that they are all related. Dirty old man.
* Laying outside in the sun, nose to wind.
* Sleeping in front of the fire
* Greeting me when I get home, yes he gets up with everyone, and I see him standing there with the group.
* Food - Rice, eggs, crackers, oatmeal, treats, cheese, meat, broccoli, kibble only when dressed up with any of the previous mentioned food, and topped with Maple Syrup!
* Car rides, Parties, and Going places.
you KNOW your dog is old when you start with lists of Joys, and things they still can do and can not do.
After a balmy few days, temps have dropped into the 30's. That's Winter in New England for you. Karen came by with Gemma and we went for a short walk. Gemma and Bode are siblings out of Pearl and Link from the 2014 litter. Here are a few photos.
Bode and Gemma
Gemma greets Pearl
Gemma, Pearl Bode
Bode and Gemma enjoy playing the same games - Chase, and keep away
We have not seen Bode since he went to his home at 10 weeks old (Casper from the Link and Pearl litter 2 1/2 years ago: Chucklebrook Bobolink by Jayhawk x Devonsleigh's Field of Pearls). He has grown into a wonderful boy. In truth credit for this guy's pedigree really goes to Devonsleigh and Chucklebrook, I simply brought the parents together.
Halo, Pearl (rolling in snow), Bode
His mannerisms are near identical to Pearl from the way he gets sassy
when he wants something, his wiggle butt, and how he pins his ears back
when delighted to see you, and he rolls in the snow just like his
Halo - Bode
We are thrilled to have him for nine days. Andrea, Dave, Henry and Phoebe have done a great job raising him. Body is still a puppy at heart, and romps with his cousins Grace and Halo (Johnny x Willow Sunshine; Ch Sunnydaze Walk the Line x Caccha's Willow Little Miss Sunshine). Halo has met he match when it comes to the keep away game. It appears to be Bode's favorite game as well.
Here are few photos from a walk we did today with Peal, Halo and Bode.