“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 least beat of his heart. You owe him to be worthy of such devotion” ~Unknown
Nelson is eleven years old today! ELEVEN! It is hard to believe that he has been around for more than a decade, although come to think of it, it is also hard to imagine that there was actually a time when we did not have him at all. He is truly a family member in every sense of the word.
Of course 11 years ago we had no idea that we would be blessed with a creature this lovely:
It took another couple of months for me to find him.
And when we brought him home the whole neighborhood was smitten. How could you not?
He has given us nothing but joy and over the years he has been fluffy
and less so
He used to run with me every morning but after we moved to the desert full time he prefers to stay slim with other activities
So far we are lucky as he is still a puppy at heart who has not slowed down. His Vet is pleased with his condition, strong joints, clear eyes, and with the “heart of an athlete” and we hope he continues to get a clean bill of health for a few more years to come.
I understand perfectly well that those years are numbered now and that his best days are behind us. I would be lying if I said this thought does not break my heart. But I also know that I will do everything to prevent this dog from suffering and that when the times comes we will help him over the rainbow bridge. Hopefully that time will come later rather than sooner.
Happy Birthday, Blu Mountain Lord Nelson!
Today’s Running Tip: Take your dog for a run!
Taking your dog for run not only helps you stay on track with your workout schedule, but it will also help your furry friend stay fit. Dogs don’t accept excuses and studies have shown that runners who exercised with their dogs are more likely to stick to their routine than those who run alone. (Source: Runner’s World, September 2010)