Saturday, June 10, 2017

The world's greatest dog turns 14

That title is sure to incite debate among the many people who own dogs they consider the greatest, but for me, Holden is, has been, and always will be the world's greatest dog.  Today, he and his siblings, Shibori and Pixil, turned 14.

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As you can tell, he did not treat the occasion with any excitement. For him, it was just another day.

If that yawn contains any emotion at all, it's one of mild annoyance.

Still, he remained his usual contemplative self, pondering life's big questions from a perch on one of his many pillows scattered around the house.

The promise of treats was enough to stir him from his usual languor and capture his full attention.

He is nothing but focused when it comes to carb-based treats.

He is and always has been a carb hound, but his figure remains trim and at the same weight since he was about two.

Holden is already older than is typical for his size, but I cannot help but hope for many more years of pain-free, slow, treat-filled life for him. I love him more than I have ever loved any pet, and when death finally takes him, it will wreck me utterly.


Rosanne said...

Enjoy every day you have with Holden. I still miss my black lab/ border collie mix, Mollie. Hoping for y'all to have many more wonderful days together!

Mark said...

Thanks for the kind wishes!


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