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Happy Birthday Old Man!

The old man (Andy) is fourteen today.

He acts like he feels every minute of it.  He doesn't chase cats anymore.  He sleeps all day and snores.  He's very gray in the face, and has old, tired eyes.

But his appetite is still good, he still patrols the yard (although much slower), and still jumps for joy and barks wildly when my wife and sons get home.  I guess he does the same for me too.

Since dogs age about seven-times faster than we do, watching him go from a puppy to an old geezer gives me an interesting perspective on my own life.

My knee hurts today, and I don't even know what I did to it!  In his own way, Andy knows all about it.

Reader Comments (15)

At any age, dogs rule.
February 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpb
Beautiful photo. Looks like he aged with distinction. Happy Birthday Andy.
February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaryBeth
Hope Andy enjoys his special day!
February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Davilla
I think I told you this several years ago. He may be old, but...Andy walks with me, Andy talks with me!
February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterR.J. Stevens

Best line in the history of this blog!
February 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterKim Riddlebarger
What a wonderful photo! And thanks for bringing tears to my eyes....
February 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhb
Great photo and he sounds like a great dog. Perhaps one day you will explore the possibilities of there being pets in heaven...I say, dogs of course, cats, no way.
February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWill
Happy Birthday to Andy! He is quite a beautiful dog! :) I love the coloring on his legs! :)
February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaty
And to think that when you got him from Dr. Ron back at the Der Wienerschnitzel church back in Placentia he was just a little quaking ball of fur...
February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Yamada
What a wonderful post! Andy is such a handsome fellow. May God grant you more years of joy with him.

(By the way in spite of Will's comments cats will be in heaven along with dogs; after all the cats will need the dogs in order to serve them. l.o.l.) cats rule.
February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlan
Doggies are such marvelous creatures - I HAVE to believe we'll enjoy them in the New Creation.

Atta Boy, Andy!
February 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrobin
Will, there is no pet heaven. The real question is whether to bury or cremate a pet. I say bury a dog, cremate a cat.
February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZrim
I'm so glad Andy has you to love him . . .Happy Birthday Andy!


by Leslie Whalen

One by One, they pass by my cage,
Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
Way past his time, he can't run and play.
Then they shake their heads slowly and go on their way.

A little old man, arthritic and sore,
It seems I am not wanted anymore.
I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed.

Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail.
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?
My family decided I didn't belong,
I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.

Whatever excuse they made in their head,
Can't justify how they left me for dead.
Now I sit in this cage, where day after day,
The younger dogs get adopted away.

When I had almost come to the end of my rope,
You saw my face, and I finally had hope.
You saw through the grey, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond this cage.

You took me home, gave me food and a bed,
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.
We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
You love me so dearly, you want me to know.

I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them with a love so much stronger.
And I promise to return all the love I can give,
To you, my dear person, as long as I live.

I may be with you for a week, or for years,
We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
And when the time comes that God deems I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.

And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
And I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the person who made my last days so dear.
February 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdopt older dogs how am I going to get these tears out of my keyboard?
February 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpb
glad to know my pastor is an animal lover like myself! I have already put in a "request" that my beautiful labradoodle with be with me in the New Heaven and New Earth ;-)
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah Sanmartini

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