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!

Sunday, December 25, 2005

CHRISTMAS DAY, it's 72 degrees outside and the sun is bright and warm, so we go for a walk.

First Cooper lies in the sun, watching the quiet river.

Then Tessie jumps! When she was young, Tessie was a climber, a jumper, a flyer. Today, we remember that.

At first, Cooper isn't sure he wants to climb stairs.

But then he remembers who he is and what he can do -- and that he's just old, not dead! -- and he climbs the stairs.

Cooper is very pleased with himself!


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