Monday, October 8, 2012

Life with Dogs

To the left is a photo of one of our beloved boxers, Abby. All of our dogs are now medically considered to be in their senior years. Life with these senior dogs has so far not been much different than their younger years. Dogs can be very much like children in the way they both step on our feet younger in life and then your heart as the years pass. The dogs have needed more trips to the vet the last couple of years but nothing life threatening. Not too many meds are given daily, mainly preventatives. Each event that now occurs makes you realize how fast time has gone and how lucky we've been to have raised each one. My one wish is to care for them with respect and treat them humanely. Above all, I hope we are not so selfish in the end to prolong the inevitable only for our own gain. If your family is considering a household pet, decide if you want a canine or feline. Things you need to consider is being able to afford your addition. Some factors to budget: preventative meds, vaccinations, future boarding, cost of a high quality food just to name a few. Check with a reputable breeder or most certainly consider rescuing. Just do you and the pet a favor and try not to bring your addition into the home for Christmas. Holidays can be stressful for our furry friends so do your research and make the best decision for you, your family, and soon to be four legged friend.

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