Tag: senior dogs

The Last Kindness

This is about Gracie Lou O, the beloved Boxer who graced my daughter’s family with love, laughter, and five years of snuffles, snorts, and pretzel-twisting greetings.  Those of you who have Boxers know exactly what I’m talking about.  It’s also about the difficult, painful, ‘how-do-you-honestly-know-it’s-time?’ decision surrounding euthanasia. Continue reading “The Last Kindness”

Listening to Bess

Denise Fenzi, a world renowned dog trainer, blogger, and owner of the online school Fenzi Dog Sports Academy wrote a post recently entitled “I Have an Old Dog”.  Poignantly written with honesty, humor, and kindness, it hit home for me.  Bess is somewhere around 10 years of age and as my dear friend née dog walker has said, “And those first five years were hard years…”  Finn is coming up on 11 and experiencing difficulty not only climbing the stairs, but coming down them as well.  As I reflected upon what I’d read, I realized my dogs are aging gracefully; it is me who is grappling with the process and struggling with what it signifies…

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Blame it on Finn

I get a lot of questions regarding why I have a Spinone Italiano.  A lot.  Because anyone who’s known me for any length of time knows I yearn for an English Bull Terrier.  I love these unusual looking, egg-headed dogs with their beautiful triangular-shaped eyes, short stocky bodies, and comical nature.  I fell head-over-heels with the Madcap Gang when I had the pleasure of meeting several of them while attending a When Pigs Fly dog training seminar.  Then, after several years of researching, planning, and waiting, I was on the list for a Madcap puppy. * insert happy dance here*  According to the plan, ‘my’ Madcap Bull Terrier puppy would arrive in the spring of 2017.  So, how… exactly, did I wind up with a Spinone Italiano in the fall of 2017?  I blame it on Finn… Continue reading “Blame it on Finn”