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From: Callie (76.4.100.52)
Subject:         So VERY true
Date: September 18, 2009 at 8:01 pm PST

In Reply to: Why old dogs are the best dogs posted by John(HI) on September 17, 2009 at 7:08 pm:

I love old dogs THE BEST. I've had old dogs who were mine from puppyhood, I've had old dogs who came to us late as rescues (or life's throw-aways).

I love them all. As mentioned in this article I love their grace -- but I also love their wisdom. I love the way they learn to communicate -- sometimes gettng extremely creative in how they get US to know what they need.

When Foxy the MOstlie Sheltie reached 18, there was arthritis, there was sciatica -- and sometimes he LIVED for being massaged where he hurt.

He would come up to my desk and LOOK AT the bottle of essential oils I kept there. (I have arthritis myself.) He would come up and STAND ... just looking at the bottle ... if I didn't get it quickly, he would ... SIGH.

Sometimes I would have two different kinds -- and often he would CHOOSE. If I picked up the wrong one -- he would POINTEDLY STARE at the other one ... with an even **BIGGER** sigh. "That one .. PLEASE?"

And from HIM I learned -- there *was* a difference. They were both good for arthritis -- but if the ache was mostly muscles (from over-compensating) then the WoodLock oil was actually BETTER. But if it was bone pain? Nope -- the White Flower Oil was better.

HE knew.

I love all dogs -- but I so love an old dog. And an old rescue can be beyond price. They are grateful for a good loving home in their last days. And sometimes -- like the little old lady peke we have right now -- she's gotten a chance to have a safe life that she's never had. To learn to trust and actually ENJOY the comfort of a human's arms.

I hope when I get that age that someone will be patient with me when I forget which way I'm going ... or when I'm incontinent. But until then I'll content myself with loving old dogs. They are a delight.


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