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Friday, March 20, 2015

They Say It's Your Birthday...

HAPPY

BIRTHDAY,

ECHO!




At the equivalent of 98 human years, Echo is starting to slow down. He walks a little more stiffly, taking time to pause and sniff at any interesting bush or lamp post.

He doesn't much like his new medication, and lets me know that I'm not fooling him when I try to hide the crushed pill in his canned-food meatballs. He dissects the meatball as if he were excavating an archaeological site. Then he either eats it reluctantly or walks away in disgust.

When he does take the pain pill, he can walk more smoothly and handle the steps to the terrace.

When he refuses it, I have to lift him over the steps. It's excellent exercise for me. Who needs barbells when you've got a 25-pound weight to lift?

Sometimes he looks at the steps, tentatively places one paw on the top one, and thinks about whether he wants to come in.

Other times--when he's taken the pill--he bounds down the steps as if it's no big deal.


But age is just a number when you're feeling good. And there are still many good days.

I cherish every day I get to spend with you, Echo, my furry, faithful friend! I love you.











11 comments:

  1. Happy birthday, Echo! Scarf down those pills!

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  2. It's pretty cool that he's stuck around this long :)

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    1. He still dances with his leash. But he's got a "well-established personality" as Dr. Pulaski would say. ;-)

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  3. Didn't realize he was that old. Happy Birthday, Echo (wonder dog)!

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    1. Thanks, Jama! I am a wonder dog! I'm still getting compliments on my good looks, if not for my flying skills.

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  4. Love this echo. Many birthday kisses to him, and here's to many more.

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    1. Thanks, Mirka!
      *wags tail and looks up beseechingly for treats*

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  5. Happy Birthday, Echo! I'm visiting from Janet Reid's blog. You have some great stuff here! I love your visuals.

    Lilly Faye Poodle

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes, Lilly Faye!

      I see from you blog that you're a part-time life coach as well as blogger. I'm a part-time poet and blogger. Got one of my poems published, too. (I did have an in with the publisher, however.)

      Echo Sheltie, 14 yrs. old and still leash dancing

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    2. You're welcome, Echo. You sure don't look your age! I am a rescue, so I don't know my real age. I think that helps me stay young.

      Keep on dancing, you handsome boy!
      Lilly Faye Poodle

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