Is your pooch over the hill? No?

Is your pooch considered over the hill?  Hope not! Those of us who have watched our dogs get old know how incredibly heartbreaking it can be.  Horrible, really!

Before Chunyo came along, there were two other little pooches in our family.  There was Nina, a beautiful, sweet-natured Shih Tzu (who loved to sleep next to you or anyone with a warm body) and an anti-social (was very selective of her inner circle) and sometimes neurotic Pomeranian named ‘Rige. Both were quite the ladies and filled the house with lots of joy and laughter! They were my first dogs as an adult (then my boyfriend, now my husband would later join the pack).

Thinking back I remember the signs of aging.  Slowly, they started to get gray hair around their mouths and eyes.  Nina eventually lost her sight and would often forget to go potty outside (pee pads became essential).  Soon after, ‘Rige began to do the same.  Eventually, both girls became senior dogs.

People would often ask how old are they?  Well, like many others I went by the 7 year rule – their age x 7 dogs years.  I too, believed the myth.  Keep in mind I was in my 20’s and more concerned about my social life than arming myself with relevant dog info.  How things change? (Chunyo’s really got a good thing going here!) Little did I know that I had significantly aged the ladies! They passed away at 13 (68 in dog years) and 14 (72 in dog years). I was totally off ! I really thought my girls were well into their 90’s!

Avoid my mistake and learn to calculate your dog’s age with the calculator below (from FETCH a Cure). Chunyo’s 2nd birthday is quickly approaching. He will be 22 in dog years.  While he is maturing, I have to say there is still lots of work to do (still very much a pup).  And thanks to lessons learned with our other dogs, we are better owners today.  Did I mention, what a good thing Chunyo has here, right?! 🙂

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Photo: Boston Terrier, Chunyo

Chunyo's first spring

Photo: Pomeranian and Shih Tzu

The Ladies when they were young...

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About Chunyo's Corner

I'm a young Boston Terrier that likes to run, play and get himself into a little bit of trouble from time to time. Follow my adventures to find out a little bit more. View all posts by Chunyo's Corner

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