From the 2011 blog — Our logo dog, LarryDog, is 14, actually 14 and a half. Of all the dogs we have had, only one has lived longer than Larry. Not that he is showing any signs of quitting! He still barks enthusiastically at anything that might possibly warrant it. He still loves us with all his heart.
If you have an aging dog, you probably know the combination of celebration and poignancy that I feel. I have also developed a few habits to adjust to his changes. LarryDog can’t see as well or hear as well as he used to. We don’t let him run loose anywhere except in our yard. We don’t want to have to get his attention if a car were to come down the street. Just in case, though, I am getting him used to my touching him on his back, to have another way to get his attention.
He still goes for a pretty long walk on leash around our neighborhood in the mornings and a shorter one in the afternoons. I usually do the afternoon walks, and after he developed the habit of turning back at a certain point, I stopped walking him and our five-year-old Rottweiler together. I can use some extra walking (I carry a pedometer in my pocket daily to see how I’m doing) and it’s easier to walk them separately now. LarryDog goes first because if I take Lola he barks continuously till we return — NOT appreciated by my husband who is usually in his home office around then!
Three cheers for old dogs carrying on! If you have any experiences or tips about your own old dog, do comment below!