When our older daughter Jennifer was 16 – years old she brought home this jet black puppy with a black tongue that we thought was a full-blooded chow. As she got older her hair was silky and long and not bushy like a chow. Even though, she had the bushy neck hair and the partially black tongue.
She has been a great dog and we call her Eye – Eye she turned 16 years old in February.
She is an inside dog but can get over heated pretty easily here in Texas. I give her a hair cut a few times a year but she really prefers to be left alone. As she has gotten older I try not mess with her on days I know she dislikes it. I had brushed her out right before pictures and she gave me dirty looks the whole time.
As dogs age, they require a bit more attention more than a puppy. Every morning she has to have eggs with meat, cheese or rice in them for breakfast. For dinner, she either has what we have or left overs from another night. I have been known to cook some ground beef and rice and pasta for her to have for her dinners.
Her hair is turning grey and she has lost most of her sight.She has lost some of her hearing, many of her teeth and about 1/3 of her weight. I never see her sit up anymore she either lays down or stands up and paces. She sleeps a lot during the day. This past winter was pretty tough on her getting up and down I do believe that was arthritis. She is a senior dog so this is all to be expected.
The vet said she is really doing good for a senior dog that is her age.
Every pet deserves to have their pictures taken and to be part of the family photo album.
Senior dogs that are this age are quite remarkable because most dogs do not live this long.
Eye- Eye was pretty cooperative during our short photo session and I got a few pictures I really like a lot. I think she knew there was a reason to celebrate that she is a 16-year-old senior dog.