Today is this guy’s 11th birthday. Cosmo is a Shih-poo. He loves toys and will patiently sort through his toy basket until he finds just the right one to play with. He also likes to lick. What is this all about?! He licks the side of his bed, his toys, the furniture, the rug – anything! Then he ends up with hairballs like a cat, and you know how they expel hairballs. EW! The thing is, it’s not even his own hair. He doesn’t shed. The hair is from our other dog, 12-year-old Gizmo (Pekingese), who does shed.
As much as he still wants to play, he does need more sleep than he used to. He greets me in the morning at the bottom of the stairs for some scratching and petting, eats his breakfast, goes outside, plays fetch up and down the hallway for a few tosses, then curls back up in bed as I head off to work in my home office. Sometimes he comes down to my office for a while and sleeps there. I wonder how many hours this guy sleeps each day. 🙂 After work, I find him waiting eagerly for his dinner – followed by his evening constitutional outside, a little more playing, then more laziness. Other than some trouble with his front legs (arthritis, for which he gets glucosamine/chondroitin chews every night), he’s a very healthy dog for his age.
As we celebrate another year with our beloved companion, my sister is sadly saying goodbye to her 14-year-old cat, Sebastian. It’s a place all of us with senior pets eventually find ourselves and no matter how many times we may have already gone through it, it never gets any easier. So love them while they’re here, pamper them as they age, and be patient when they need more help getting around.