Happy birthday to ME
Happy birthday to ME
Happy birthday to ME-E
Happy birthday to ME
Yay!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 Not
Today I am 11 years old. Eleven! Where has the time gone?
TBH I didn’t think I’d make this great age, not after Zac left us at just 8 years, but here I am.
According to the old fashioned understanding of dog years equalling seven human years I would be 77years – 😱 77 years! That is like………OLD.
I was about to panic when Mum told me that understanding has come a long way and now experts acknowledge that it is not as straightforward as that. We age at different rates to people and to other sized dogs – phew!
In fact they do say that the first twelve months is closer to fifteen years in people years. This sounds a bit scary but then we slow down and depending on our size we dogs age at different rates to each other.
This means that as a medium sized dog I am actually 65 years now. If The Hulk (aka Raffy) gets as far as 11 he would be 72 years. By the way he has a birthday next week and will be 5, about 36 in people years. I reckon it’s time for him to leave home and be independent, but Dad spoils him.
So I am 65 years. That’s not so bad. I see people of 65 who can work, run and seem to be pretty good.
I know I’m not in perfect health but with Mum being a member of the diet police I am doing okay.
I have some grey hairs but doesn’t everyone? Mum gets rid of her grey hairs but I like the natural look.
I can still jump onto her lap and still run (but I don’t often want to).
I still sound fierce and bark the alert at any strangers.
I can still catch bird-burglars when they break into the house and I can chase the possums up trees. The Hulk doesn’t even see the possums. He stands in the middle of the grass looking confused and waiting to see which direction to run in.
I am still a brave Tibbie.
I am not afraid of small children and they can pet me, pull my hair or sit on me. I know that if I ignore the bad behaviour this helps to train them and I can reward the good behaviour with a tail wag.
I guess that is what has come out of all these years of living. I am a wise Tibbie. I have learnt stuff. Some of it good, some of it painful but that’s life. Sometimes you suck on life and sometimes life just sucks.
Getting older means that some of your friends and family don’t get to stay around with you. I still miss my soulmate Zac after five years. That will never change and life is emptier without him. I have had to be more independent because he isn’t around for me to rely on. The Hulk is useless, in fact he relies on me. It is tiring.
I wonder if Zac ever found me tiring? No. I am sure he loved every crazy minute of being with me even when I pushed him in the pool! I am sure I enriched his life immensely and it was other things that made him grumpy.
The other problem with getting older is that some of the pals I used to know at the park have moved to the rainbow bridge and I miss them.
The new pups are just not the same. We don’t speak the same language.
But it is what it is.
So what did I get for this auspicious birthday you may well ask?
A big cake?
I got a new collar and lead. Oh wow! Help me to contain my excitement.
It isn’t even sparkly – no diamonds, no bling. I’m obviously too old for bling in Mum’s eyes. That is sad.
I can see the difficulty.
Being older I have everything I need and most things that I want I can’t have because they’re bad for me or impossible dreams.
Getting older is challenging.
Getting older with ill health is tough. Things the other dogs take for granted like bones and fatty treats are bad for me. They can go to coffee with their family and enjoy tucking in to all sorts of things – not me. I have to sit on the sidelines of life and watch them have fun. Even some dogs that are older than me can have the stuff I can’t have and do the things I can’t do. It doesn’t seem fair.
Just watching them tear around the park after a ball or just running for the joy of it makes me feel tired. I used to do that, before I got sick.
Still, I guess I have to try and look on the bright side. I’m still here.
I can still walk to the park in the mornings, although I don’t always want to, and I do get to enjoy a comfortable house with lots of soft beds which I do want.
My house is warm in the cold weather and cool in the hot weather and dry in the wet weather. I like that. Mum knows I like it. Just as I like lying on her all evening so she can rub my itchy tummy and I can sleep, or watch television. There are still some good things I can enjoy.
Things could be worse. I acknowledge I am a pampered pooch – but then – I’m worth it.
So here I am on my special day enjoying my favourite activity – sleeping next to Mum and wishing time would slow down a little for all our sakes.
Love from the
old mature and wise Princess