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12/13/13 5:37 A

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my girl is 9 and she acts like a senior. crabby, lazy the whole senior thing.

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12/13/13 12:14 A

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Those life expectancies have been getting to me lately, too. Not so much with Orzo and Cassie at this point. I got them in December and January and both older than kitten and puppy stage. I lost my last dog last year at 16, which was considered a long life for the breed, though I've heard of many at that age. The one I am having problems with thinking of life expectancy is my horse that I got as a yearling. She is now 28 and has Cushings. I was just thinking about her a couple days ago and just started crying. I am glad that I had to move her last year because the guy where I have her really likes her and is understanding to the problems I am having right now. Still wish I could go see her more often.

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12/12/13 11:18 P

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I can say from experience, every pet is an individual. My cat wasn't supposed to live past 5 because of cardiomyopathy. He has refused his medication his whole life, going so far as to throw it up! He is now 16 1/2 and shows no signs of age except some creaky hips. He doesn't like to jump high anymore, who could blame him? His brother, who was deemed healthy by the vet, died at 3 of feline leukemia. Same litter.

My last dog passed away at about 13, but he may not have had he not developed an esophagus problem at about 12. Prior, he was fine! Energetic, wanting to run, happy. No other issues but allergies.

Yes, we do have to start thinking about their time coming and prepare ourselves a little, but it will still rip your heart out, so it might be better to use the power of positive thinking! I try to keep myself hopeful, as I lost my dog last year and all 3 of my cats are definitely seniors at 13-16. emoticon

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12/12/13 10:12 P

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I remember when my yellow lab was classified as a "senior" and I wasn't ready to hear that either. Your pup may well live beyond her expected years. I think the vets use that as a guide just to prepare us.

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12/12/13 8:25 P

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I was reading some things the other day and i came across Kali's life expectancy is 10-12 years for her breed... I looked at her beyond those puppy eyes and thought has it been that long? Last time I had her to the vet she was classified as a "senior" at 8. Shes not a senior ... shes not greying in the muzzle or... or .. inactive. Shes aloof sometimes yeah but shell play like no tomorrow. Shes healthy.
I told this to my oldest daughter and shes like mom you take such good care of her, "Kowie puppy" will live longer than that. Shes like you feed her good .. you dont give her scraps you give her a healthy diet you exercise her.. well, more in the summer but its cold out. shes like you take her to the vet when shes suppose to go.
I dont know I just cant imagine ever being without her or our kitty puddles. Puddles is going on two this next spring. Its like i JUST watched her be born! .... it seemed like a few months ago.
I just cant believe Kali is a "senor". Gordon Setters will always have a place in my book of great breeds. I love my furkids. The more I type the more I feel emotions building. Shes my puppy

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