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Old 06-04-2010, 10:02 PM
 
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1. A looooot of love, first and foremost.
2. No processed pet food whatsoever.
3. Visit the vet once a year. Also, check on your dog: he will try to tell you if something is wrong (hurt paws, ticks, ear infections, etc.) but you have to pay attention too.
4. Take him for walks, take him new places, and if possible take him for car rides as well, just for fun: all dogs I know love the wind-on-the-face feeling.
5. Belly rubs and treats (no processed food, ok?) will help too.
6. Furniture napping/jumping is absolutely allowed.

All the best to you, dog lovers!
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:01 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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4. Take him for walks, take him new places, and if possible take him for car rides as well, just for fun: all dogs I know love the wind-on-the-face feeling.
Love this one! I like to try to take my dog to experience new places, we're doing garage sale hunting this weekend and we'll take him with us. He may see a good deal that we don't see!
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:15 PM
 
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I have had my digs live until they were liike 17 years old and the present one at 11 years now and healthy. its liie humans;healthy diet;good medical care ;love and genes.
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Old 06-05-2010, 12:01 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Love this one! I like to try to take my dog to experience new places, we're doing garage sale hunting this weekend and we'll take him with us. He may see a good deal that we don't see!
I cannot remember the last time I went anywhere without a dog, seriously it's pretty sad. Restaurants, stores, the mall, errands, you name it. Always with dog. But, it's so worth it to see that gigantic grin as he sticks his giant head out the car window to feel the wind in his face! I have a dog that just might die if left alone for more than 2 hours, something that happened maybe handful of times since we've had him!
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Old 06-05-2010, 12:29 AM
 
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Considering the fact that I cannot, for the life of me, see a dog and not smile, there are a few dogs that are the epitome of an instantaneous smile: Maltese, Pomeranians, Bulldogs, Terriers, Collies/Shelties (looove them!), Basset Hounds, Great Danes, oh my God, the list is endless.

I hope we as dog owners are doing the right things to help them live longer, but I am sure they are definitely helping us live longer. And, the longer their lives, the more smiles they have put on people's faces.

On a side note, my dogs have always had people names, but most bulldog owners are always the most creative with names. You gotta give a great name to that wonderful face!!

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Old 06-05-2010, 12:31 AM
 
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I cannot remember the last time I went anywhere without a dog, seriously it's pretty sad. Restaurants, stores, the mall, errands, you name it. Always with dog. But, it's so worth it to see that gigantic grin as he sticks his giant head out the car window to feel the wind in his face! I have a dog that just might die if left alone for more than 2 hours, something that happened maybe handful of times since we've had him!
I always try and take Charlie places with me. (Coco hates it unless we are going to the L-A-K-E and will literally be mad at me!!) But Charlie, Car+Mommy+Errands=HEAVEN for that little guy!! I often do because its easier than putting him in his kennel which he hates. Today he went to the gas station and the drug store. Its just easier to say "Come on dude, lets go!!" than to put him up in his "room". lol
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Old 06-05-2010, 05:51 AM
 
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Wonderful thread! My old vet retired and my new one asked us what we do to have such long-lived dogs. I told him the secret to longetivity must be in cow poop....which they love. lol My dobie/shep was 17 when she passed and I thought that was pretty durn good. My oldest one now is a '95 model and going strong, and Just Spot is a '97 model Irish Setter/Golden and doing well, but his hearing is going a bit, I think. I don't take my dogs for walks, they run on the acreage (eat cow/horse poo--oh gross) and sleep in bed with me. They are inside/outside all day whatever they want. I don't feed anything special (Diamond premium), and I give them table scraps when it's something they can have, raw bones, don't vaccinate after 5 years old, force bathing when necessary, but I do brush teeth pretty often. They are an extension of me, there's no place I go that I don't have a hand within reach of a furry back or wet tongue. I know every part of each of my fur kids, I know each bark they have and what it means, we are connected. I can't imagine a life without them.
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Old 06-05-2010, 10:35 AM
 
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Slippery elm...I'm totally trying that next time! On the dog, that is!



Absolutely. I know someone that lost a healthy almost 4 year old Bulldog in May (would have been 4 this month). Fed her breakfast on Saturday morning, then they both went back to bed. Sadly, bully died in her sleep of unknown causes. Such a sad and sudden loss. It's bad enough with declining health, but to find your young, healthy dog dead in her own bed has to be traumatizing.
I feel your pain.That is exactly what happened to me got up at 4am to let the dogs out my bulldog was fine went back to bed got up at 6am and he was dead in his bed. Such a horrible shock. Someone had dropped in off in my yard after weeks of trying to find an owner I took him to the vet had him neutered, shots, wormed the whole nine yards. Gave him a loving home then all of a sudden for no apparent reason he was gone. I was heartbroken I still miss him to this day.
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Old 06-05-2010, 01:06 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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But, it's so worth it to see that gigantic grin as he sticks his giant head out the car window to feel the wind in his face! \
I love it too when I see Edison enjoying the wind, totally priceless!
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Old 06-05-2010, 01:29 PM
 
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The same things that help humans live long lives. Good (healthy) food, plenty of exercise (physical and mental), enjoyment and ....luck....
Very true!
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