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!

Saturday, February 18, 2006

"G'night, Little CheeseBoy" (Video)

COOPER STARRED IN HIS FIRST INTERNET FILM TODAY, a 91-second, 75 MB minidrama titled, "G'Night, Little CheeseBoy." This poignant tale illustrates two main points: one, how very much alive Cooper still is, as evidenced by his passion for cheese; and two, how far gone his senses are, as shown by his difficulty in sensing the presence of and locating cheese tidbits larger than the ones he's normally offered. To view the film, click on the link above (the title of this message, actually) or copy the following into your browser's address box. Be sure to delete the spaces after "share/" and after "=1000131/" which I've had to insert to get this ridiculously long URL into the space available here:

BTW, Cooper walked today. Not much -- just 10 or 15 feet from the kitchen into the Great Room. I didn't see him do it, so I don't know whether he made it in one try or whether it was a matter of rise up/flop down, try again, rise up/flop down ... a process of which he's by now a master.

UPDATE: He walked again! This time, for much longer. I'll provide details in the next posting.


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