I try not to look at him as impending heartache. His still wagging his tail, eating, asking to go for rides, snuggling and overseeing my ICU when he comes to the hospital with me (see above). But he can't climb stairs or jump into the back of the car anymore, he needs regular arthritis medicine and massage to move smoothly and he's now deaf.
If I could clone him, I would. I know many pet owners share that desire. But I think I've come with the next best thing.
Meet Calvin, a one year old border collie mix (see below). He was recently rescued by Rogers Rescues, out of a shelter in Kentucky, and is now in a foster home in my town.
I think I just might be adopting him tomorrow. We met him yesterday and he's amazing.
What do you think? It will be a strain for a while with two senior pets (Jasper and Thea, my 17 year old cat) in the house, who need significant care, two young kids and a frantic schedule.
But, as crazy as this sounds, I'm hoping that Jasper imparts his wisdom on Calvin before he leaves me.
Am I nuts?