Our dog is an old dog. Some people think having an old dog is the opposite of fun. I beg to differ with them. Cleo couldn't be more fun and cute, entertaining and full of personality. She also still makes us feel protected with her booming barks, and watchful radar-like ears listening for trouble.
Just looking at her over in the other room, five myth-busters popped into my head:
Myth 1. They're boring.
Fact: How can you be bored when you have this face around keeping you in stitches?
Myth 2. They're expensive.
Fact: We eat the same foods as she does, only minus the kibble. Even her pills are delivered via high-grade liverwurst that we share.
Fact: Sometimes we wish she would nap more. When she isn't napping, you get this come hither look which causes our hands to move in her direction. Books are set down. TV isn't watched, and we end up playing a game or going for a walk.
Myth 4. They're ugly.
Myth 5. Senior dogs will break your heart.
Fact: Cleo not only works tirelessly to give us imagery, hairy mementos, and good times that are forever etched in our minds and hearts - she teaches us life lessons that we can apply to our human friends and family. She has ensured her legacy will live on in us, and many others far and away. Cleo's body will depart but not her presence. You can't miss her presence now, how can we later?
You owe it to yourself to have a senior dog in your life. They will make you a better human being. And if by chance you feel a piece of your heart missing after they leave this earth, don't worry. It is a high value item to them, and like their favorite toy, they will take care to keep it safe until you meet again.
Do you have a senior dog? Have you had one in the past? Please share your experiences in the comments, and if you know of more mythbusters tell us!