As I’ve mentioned before, his name is Bacchus and he will be 11 years old next month. Surprisingly, although his fur is greying, he is as spry as ever. Nevertheless, we decided to buy him a large Red Radio Flyer Wagon, complete with padding (bottom and sides) and installed with an “umbrella” to keep the UV rays out. When we take him for a long walk, we lift him into the wagon as he gets tired. He can lie down comfortably and enjoy the scenery or take a nap as we continue our stroll. I know this sounds a bit over the top but, he is – after all – our “son.” (Note: we also have doggie ramps ready to be installed for that time – hopefully not for a while yet – when stairs become a challenge for him). People do look at us rather strangely, but we don’t mind appearing a little “eccentric.”
We feed him natural, preservative-free food — a combination of home-cooked and Orijen (a wonderful brand – made in Canada, of course!) , which makes his coat shiny and soft.
Bacchus came into our lives when he was an 8-week old puppy. He has been a source of joy from the first day I held him in my arms. He has taught us a lot about loyalty, love, patience, and trust. Most importantly, he helps us to understand — truly — that life doesn’t need to be as complex as we humans make it out to be. There is serenity in simplicity. Bacchus continues to help us keep things in perspective.
Right now, I feel his breath on my feet. He is content, eyes half-closed and probably thinking that I spend way too much time on the computer. He’d be right about that. Come to think of it, maybe I should take a break and take him outside to the garden for a bit. It’ll do him good. And me, as well.
Signing off for now …. h.f.t.g.
“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.” -Unknown