Well, after all the “senior doggie issues” I was telling you about in my last post – here’s a movie to show you that I might be greyer & flabbier & stiffer & slower (and leakier too! ) – but I’m still living life to the full and having lots of adventures! Check out all the things I’ve done in the last 6 months, since I turned 9yrs old…
(the bit of me playing with the football, at the end of the movie, was taken last week – you can see how happy & bouncy I still am, even though my running is a lot stiffer now…and I still LOVE “working”! I always perk up whenever Hsin-Yi does some training or dancing with me; the bit with the dumbbell was actually taken this afternoon – it was the first time I’d seen this new dumbbell and I was excited!! Hsin-Yi won’t let me do so many things now, though – humph! – like at the end of the movie when I wanted to copy her & walk on the stone wall – she kept being afraid I’d fall and made me get off! )
* Music in the video is Spreadin’ Honey, used with permission from the California Honeydrops (www.cahoneydrops.com)
If the movie doesn’t play, try here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rro0nuzDwV0
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* Note from Hsin-Yi: I think I’ve had a harder time coming to terms with Honey’s ageing, than Honey herself! Because Honey is my 1st dog, all this is new to me – and although people keep telling me that she is in really good condition for her age, I can’t help constantly comparing her to “younger Honey” – and feeling the difference. Like finding it frustrating when I can no longer take her on 2hr treks…when I know I should just be grateful that Honey is still as mobile & fit as she is. Compiling this video has helped to remind me how amazing Honey really is to still be doing so much at her age.
I know some have voiced criticism on the blog, suggesting that we’re being “cruel” to Honey for continuing to give her such an active lifestyle, instead of letting her just do nothing & sleep all day, now that she is “old” and has lost an eye…but I do passionately believe that Honey is in such great condition for her age BECAUSE we haven’t mollycoddled her and treated her like an invalid. Sure, we make allowances now for her limitations – but I’m positive that keeping Honey mentally stimulated through play, training & continual socialisation via new experiences, plus physically active through daily exercise in different terrains, dancing & hydrotherapy…all play a huge role in keeping her as fit & healthy as she is. (And I’m sure the Raw Diet helps too).
You’re as decrepit as you allow yourself to be – and I think anybody watching Honey in the movie would agree!