But there is a certain wonder in maturity too. It's DaBAD day - and this time the topic is aging! Dogs, People whatever we wanted ! My bet is there will be lots of great ideas and thoughts on this - click RIGHT HERE to go to the page our fearless Steve will be updating through the day!
Within seven years of agility blog entries I have both seen my canine partners age and gotten
I have reflected on Brody's aging here (way back in 2009) and Sally's recent episodes have driven home the fact she is no longer anything but middle aged. Brody is over 13, Thea is 10 and Sally is 7. I am
are fitter - the foray into competitive agility has fueled a thoughtful, organised approach to being fit - farm 'gility, hill work, a little obedience, fartleks, road walks all help the dogs, add in riding horses and bikes for me and we have it pretty well covered!
cross train both our fitness (see above) and our brains; learning scent work, meeting horses has all been great for the dogs of all ages, working outside of my normal gig (and outside) has been wonderful for me and I think the dogs have benefited too
eat better, less processed food - the dogs currently eat a limited ingredient kibble with home sourced enrichment (our organic apples and tomatoes are real hits with everybody - Sally gets our fresh laid eggs twice a week). I think about adding supplements and would (and have) if there was need but generally we are (touch wood) in good health. I am feeding Brody carrots quite often
spend more time together so it's easier to notice little things and treat them - and of course we've had seven more years together so we all know each other that much better too ... so lucky! With my leave from work it's unusual for the dogs to be alone more than 4 hours in a day.
train in brief meaningful doses - we used to go to classes once a week and that was wonderful for being social and for exposure to new things - but the power of short doses of targeted training is so evident. If we want we can work on something 4 times in a day. Readers of this blog know I am a big believer in short sweet training sessions. I think as we all age this becomes even more important.
The benefits of loving and playing with aging partners can't be overstated. I wish we had longer to love and cherish our canine friends in each stage but the aged stage is mighty special!
Aging can be fun if you lay back and enjoy it.
No one can avoid aging, but aging productively is something else.
I'm a really happy person, I enjoy life. I think you see that on people. I think there's nothing more aging than misery.