Holly rules our home, all the other collies know she is the undisputed Queen. She decides when playtime has gotten too rough, and puts an end to the younger collies antics. She eats first, and leads the pack on walks. So last night when she wouldn't, couldn't, get off the couch to go outside, I knew something was wrong. At first I thought she just had the same stomach bug that Scarlett had caught. But unlike Scarlett, this bug seemed to be hitting Holly much harder. And that's the problem with getting old, at 11 1/2 years old, Holly just couldn't fight off the infection the way a younger dog can.
|Holly in her prime|
It makes me sad to see her slowing down, and how she limps a little after a play session. And my heart breaks a little when I see her waiting at the bottom of the stairs when it's time to come inside, because she doesn't want the other collies to bump her as she climbs up the steps. She has always been such a strong and athletic dog, even in her senior years. It has only been the last 12- 18 months that we have seen her really start to slow down. We have recently started taking her for acupuncture sessions, to help alleviate some of the symptoms of old age. But it's a constant reminder that our remaining time with her is limited, and that some day she will leave us, long before we are ready to let her go.
|Holly, on her 11th birthday, Dec.25th, 2016|
So if you have a senior pet, give them an extra hug today, take them for an extra walk, or just turn off the television and spend some extra time enjoying their companionship. You never know how much time you will have with them, and every moment is to be treasured.