I love dogs, but especially old ones. They can communicate their needs, wants and desires more clearly and often more quietly than a puppy. I've noticed with my own old dog, our time spent together is about quality rather than quantity. I focus not on her life winding down, but on the time we have together right now. I try to create keepsake moments for my future without her.
One way we spend quiet time bonding is when I groom her, or as I like to say, "who wants a brushing party?"