Next week our yellow lab, Legend, turns nine years old. Legend came into our home when he was 5 1/2, so we never knew him as a pup. At this point, he often acts like a grumpy old man, with a lowly growl and frown upon his face, although he warms up with treats and a belly run, once you can convince him to roll over.
Our last lab, Boots, was ten (six weeks shy of his 11th birthday) when he died, so even though Legend doesn’t have any obvious health issues, apart from some arthritis that slows him down, it is unlikely that he will be with us for too many more years. That is one of the big drawbacks, as all pet lovers know – our pets have a short life span, at least in comparison to ours. That means we just have to make every day count and make the most of the time we have. For our dogs, a good day is one that includes a walk (or two), play time, nap time, being with their humans, and of course, meal and treat time. And because our dogs come with us to Pets Remembered, every day is a good day for them!
Legend will get a few extra belly rubs, a leisurely walk, and maybe an extra special treat on his birthday, but for him it will be pretty much like every other day. And for us, we will give thanks that he became part of our family when he needed a forever home! As frustrating as he can be at times, it’s hard to imagine our family without him, so Happy Birthday Legend!