Wiggle wiggle wiggle, twist, jump and spin. I’m sure all of us have seen this many times if you have had a young BC or young dog. We are watching “Lola”, Gabby’s last pup until she goes home in a day or two and to say it has been an adventure, is an understatement. I have seen the above descriptions many times because she has stayed in the house with us getting her training and rearing. I too remember our own young dogs having the zoomies going from one side of the house to the other. There is nothing like “full on” puppy energy and Lola sure has it.
Many people have ask, “When do they slowdown, because I wish they would” I first ask them, “Do you give them things to do and keep them busy?” After talking about their activity for a few minutes, and my opinion and advice is given, all is set. I do remember the puppy stage so well and just by chance, have been plunged into it again. Wiggle, twist, jump and spin are in the vocabulary of a young BC and Oh how have I forgot them running down the driveway, me running after them and their ears set back from the wind running to the end of the world. “When do they slow down, I wish she would?” I ask myself forgetting my own advice but I soon remember. If there is any consolation, they do slow down, but with some melancholy.
As I have watched some of my own dogs grow into senior dogs over the years, I thought I would love the “slower” time. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love some quiet time, but I also see a little gray, slower gaits and aches and pains and rather than jumping on the couch, they slowly climb, and it makes me sad because we are closer to that inescapable bridge.
The one that hurts me the most is Dutchess, while she is still spunky and very playful I can tell she is getting a little slower with some of the things she does. She has always been the dog that instigated all the activity here on the farm and still does, but now she picks things that works for her. She will run with the best and youngest of them, but when she lays down, her body and joints are not as quick to return and even though she will get up for more play, she is just a little slower but with some effort she is ready to start again and go full speed.
As I know so well, I to know the effects of a little age and I too will pick my battles and activity just like Dutchess, Molly and Clancy but we do have to face some aches and pains and consequences. Several times I have noticed that some of our dogs will take a few more naps and seem to be more relaxed than they use to be. Molly has always wanted to be near me and get her head scratched but Dutchess has always been too busy to subsume to such nonsense, but that time seems to be changing. Clancy will now pick his battles not needing to win all of them.
In just the last three months, Dutchess had made a point to come inside the house and find a place to lay down, but her most sought-after place is when I settle into the recliner and park her butt next to my feet. She will look at me with her soulful eyes and as soon as I say “come up”, she will climb into my lap where she will sleep for hours in-between my legs as I rub her head and she dreams of younger days, occasionally licking my hand with gratitude. When it comes time for me to leave because I need to get up for a few minutes, I will ask her to get down, but as soon as I come back to the chair, she’s right back to her “spot” and off she goes to dreamland again… Little does she know, her “spot” is shared with each on of the dogs and I covet each visit. As I rub her face, as I do with each one, I too think of the younger times that we all have shared with each other and the life bridges we have crossed. We’ve seen the good and bad in each other, but we also know we are family and friends and there is a love and respect for each other.
As I rub their faces and stroke their fur, I too remember the days when they all had the zoomies, wiggling, running, twisting and barking. I do know that they have “slowed down” and there is not a better place than in my lap as we both drift off to dreamland.
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