Last week was Sanchez’s 10th birthday! While I’ve celebrated all of his birthdays, this one felt very different than all the previous ones. I’ve known too many dogs who didn’t make it to their 10th birthdays, and it felt like a milestone and a blessing. And it is a reminder that every day is a gift. I’m fortunate that Sanchez is in good health and fully recovered from a slipped disc in his neck last year. On his 10th birthday, I counted my blessings.
I’m also aware of the challenges of having a senior pet. He’s teaching me to be more patient, forgiving, and present. These are lessons not always so easy for me. Yet, he is the world’s best teacher, as I am a crazy pet parent who would do anything to make his life more comfortable.
As years pass, I realize there are things about Sanchez that I now appreciate more than ever:
- Hearing him snore
- Watching his tail wag while he’s sleeping (video above)
- Hiking off-leash
- Having his company nearby while I play the piano
- Having him come running to me when I call him
- Watching his playful, puppy-like behavior
Do you have pets in the double digits? Are there things you appreciate about them more as they mature? Thanks for sharing in a comment below.
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