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Old 09-02-2010, 04:39 AM
Location: Michigan
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They can be eccentric, slow afoot, even grouchy. But dogs live out their final days, says The Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten, with a humility and grace we all could learn from.

The last word: Why old dogs are the best dogs - The Week
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:54 AM
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That was really wonderful, thanks for posting.
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Old 09-02-2010, 09:30 AM
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The author kinda overdoes the anthropomorphism, but who cares? This made me cry. And I sure do miss my old dog.

Thanks for sharing this.
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:09 AM
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I adopt old dogs because I can have more of them since they are less active. I just love the company of dogs, and work nights, and sleep/hang around the rest of the time, so I like that they aren't so active. (Although my nine-year-old cattle dog mix is defying time, and hasn't slowed down at all).
I love watching the oldsters happily sleeping and snoring on their beds after hard earlier lives.
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Old 09-03-2010, 05:00 AM
Location: Ohio
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I've had dogs all of my 63 years. From the ones my parents had to the ones I've had since.
That post brings back many memories. All of the dogs in my life have been got as pups and kept untill their natural life span ran out.

There is an old saying I keep thinking about.
"I wish I could be the person my dog thinks I am".

My Lab/mix is sitting beside me as I type and looking at me with those big brown eyes like she thinks I'm great. I wish I was as great as she thinks I am. She is only 5 yrs old but I've had others that grew old and had to watch the end of their days come about.
It seemed like it was always easier for them than it was for me to accept. They passed knowing they were loved. And that was all that mattered to them.
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