I’ve been light in my posts today, but thought I’d share this with you before retiring for an early night. Both of us are shattered having not slept that well again last night for a variety of reasons.
Maggie is 14 now, so that puts her well into her 70s according to this chart.
At 16.4 kilos (36lbs or thereabouts) she is in the medium sized dogs bracket.
She has been rather playful today.
Actually, I shall rephrase that.
It’s been like having a fourteen month old puppy in the house.
We have been very careful when choosing toys for her as she has a soft mouth and is not one for chewing. They have to be easy for her to make squeak as they are her babies, and she loves them accordingly.
Should we be ignoring her, a baby will be brought to us and either laid gently on our laps or to one side in our line of vision. It’s usually a sign that she wants to go out.
Photos: Christmas 2018, a bit fuzzy, but all babies present and correct.
Today, she has wanted our attention, not for fuss, walks, or food, but play.
We have been playing footsie, tickling her toes and ‘pouncing’ on her feet, then the other of us tweaks her bum or tail. She loves it, and returns the play by pouncing on our hands.
Barney loved to play this too, but had ticklish feet and would tuck his feet up under his armpits!
It’s been lovely to watch her, and we kept it up for almost an hour!
She’s crashed out now, but perfectly content.
Photos: February 2019
Seeing her sleeping like this makes me aware of her age. At night, she snuggles up to me with her babies and is asleep in minutes. Once or twice in the night she might stir or whimper, but most times, she will sleep through until around 6.30 and one of us will let her out if she bothers.
She’s bright eyed and cold nosed, still loves to go for her walks, has a good appetite and is drinking well. Some days she is really stiff in her joints and slow, so we don’t push her and let her set the pace. Overall, she is good for her age and in good health.
But “the candle always burns the brightest before it fades” keeps creeping into my mind and although it hurts thinking about it, I wonder (and worry).