It’s been a long hiatus, and I’ve decided to get back to my seniordogsandcats blog.
We lost our 17 ½ year old shelter dog, Chloe, on February 12, 2013. We adopted her from the Buddy Dog Humane Society in Sudbury, MA where I was (and still am) a volunteer. She was 4 ½ at the time, and we had 13 wonderful years with her. Chloe was not a couch potato, nor was she a dog who would hang back and relinquish center stage or the spot light. She was always front and center, into everything and interested in everything. She was an integral part of the three of us, Rob, Chloe and me, and I will always be grateful I was volunteering the morning they brought her in and surrendered her to Buddy Dog.
It was love at first sight. My dogs usually find me, and she certainly did.
This blog was started as a documentary of her later years and of the health issues and remedies we discovered along the journey. While Chloe was remarkably healthy until her last week, we did make some adjustments along the way adding supplements and some alternative therapies like chiropractic and acupuncture.
When the journey ended, it was unthinkable to continue to write about senior dogs and cats. Although we still tear up when we talk about Chloe, and we light a candle for her every day, my heart tells me it’s time to start paying homage to the senior pets we love and cherish by sharing insights and secrets learned along the way that may help others enjoy and extend their pets golden years.
I know we will have a dog again, but it’s too soon. Baby steps, I guess. I don’t think Chloe would mind; in fact, I’ve always said to adopt again as soon as you are able is the greatest tribute to a dog or cat you have loved so much. I know it’s just too soon…