A friend of mine has a yellow lab named Summer (great name for a lab IMO). She gave me permission to share this recent email to celebrate her birthday:
Can hardly believe it - Summer is 16 today. Based on her weight - and she's become a trim Lab as of late - she is 99. Her mind is still pretty sharp but her back legs don't always support her. SHE still likes treats and even though she no longer hears well - she can hear the word "treat" from a long way back!
Her hearing is so like mine. When I call her she looks in every direction to try to locate me. That stereo hearing is gone - and her eye sight has waned. She's not as interested in her meals as before - but treats, well that's the other story. And she still likes attention. Am glad it is warming up. We can sit in the yard afternoons when I get home. Think she likes the warmth of the afternoon sun on the grass.
She sleeps away a lot of the day. And doesn't relish early mornings - I usually have breakfast before I wake her. And then, when I do wake her, I do so gently so as not to scare her too badly. She still runs in her dreams, chasing her youth, I guess! Those legs are going pretty fast bearing no weight and moving only air.
It is interesting having a doggie senior to share time with.
Oh goodness, how fortunate your friend is to still have a contented Summer.
Pass on our Birthday Congratulations for Summer to your friend, who I hope will cherish every remaining day of their companionship.
Happy 16th Birthday Summer!
"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." author Will Rogers
Auggie 12/29/95 ~ 01/15/09
[size=10pt]HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUMMER!!!![/size]
May 17, 1998 - May 20, 2009
The Love of My Life
Rest in peace my Sweet Chocolate
I Love You and Miss You so much
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUMMER!!!
Wow, that has got to be some sort of a record !
Happy birthday Summer.
Wow 16 that is a successful life. I hope I'm lucky enough to have Oona that long.
Thanks everyone for the birthday greetings. Here's Summer celebrating her 16th birthday at the beach:
What a sweet girl. Wonderful to reach 16. My Abbey made it to 16.
Happy B-Day Sweet Summer.