It's not too often that I feature our dog, Kane in a post.
The cats, of course take center stage as we live with five and I cat-sit on a daily basis.
But, I was going through some photos last night and thought I would show these two of Kane when he was five years old. He will soon be thirteen.
This one was taken in Burnstown, Ontario near Renfrew.
This is 2005.
Oh my goodness, we both look much younger.
loved it there and we would let him off-leash to follow us on a trail that became one of his favorite spots.
Another place he loved to run free was along the old rail-road line where the tracks had been removed in Carleton Place. Back then, 2005 again, he loved to spend hours outside in the snow.
Here he is having a rest. It would last 5 minutes and then he was off again.
Our walks today are slow and methodical and he must be on leash now. He wanders a bit too much. We leave the house without his tennis ball because after one good run to fetch it he may feel some aches later. Although he starts out jumping with excitement, he takes his time now & stops often to smell whatever grabs his interest. He likes a routine walk where he knows every yard that houses a dog or the porch where a cat lies daily in the sunshine.
He looks for other dogs on leash but only stares for a moment, maybe a wee bark, and then carries on.
He's not interested in causing a ruckus like the old days. Oh, how he caused a ruckus.
His eyes and ears are failing somewhat.
Yep, thirteen years old this summer. Hard to believe.
The thought does two things to me; it makes me proud to have helped bring this dog, who I found frightened and confused in a shelter, to this ripe old age knowing he is loved and cherished, and it also brings tears to my eyes and an ache in my heart knowing that the time has gone so quickly and his best years are behind him now. (He's probably thinking the same thing about me)
I'm really hoping for more years with him.
Whatever it takes.
My boy, Kane.
He's just my dog. He's my other eyes
that can see above the clouds
My other ears that hear above the winds.
He has promised to wait for me
in case I need him
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