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!

Monday, November 28, 2005

Yesterday was a good day, a quiet day except for Cooper's occasional fervent barking. Each time he barked, I went to where he lay and found him lying in a pool of fresh urine. He'd been barking to go out, but I didn't get there quickly enough, and he couldn't walk well enough to come tell me. He's diapered at night, but only rarely during the day so his fur can dry properly after his mini-bath.


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