In Praise of Elder Dogs

This blog is created in celebration of the elder dogs, of any breed, who've touched our hearts. You are invited to add your own reflections, or, if you wish, track the progress of your own elder dogs. ("Elder," BTW, is defined here as 10 years or more, except in breeds known for shorter lifespans, such as the Great Dane.) Send your stories and photos to me at branta(at)

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Location: Hunt, Texas, United States

I've been privileged to share my life with five unforgettable Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. This blog was inspired by Cooper, my first, whose indominatable bright spirit triumphed over his limitations. Every day of his life, till the very end, he woke joyously, happy to greet the day. I would wish the same for all of us!

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

SEEING FRANCIS AND TOBY, both elder Cavaliers, gives me such hope. The first breakthrough came when I realized that Cooper isn't dead -- just OLD! My whole way of thinking about him changed, and the awful gloom that had been dogging my steps for months slipped away. He's an old dog living, living with a number of complaints and a significant disability, but he's living ... gladly, often heroically, and always in the moment.


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