Did you know?
A dog is considered a senior in the last 25% of their expected lifespan. I am a golden retriever with a life expectancy of 10-12 years old. I was considered a senior dog when I was about 7 1/2 years old. Woof! Woof! Extra Golden Happy that I am exceeding the life expectancy years. I’ve shared reasons WHY on my previous post Being A Senior Dog.
At the park, a conversation always occurs between mom and park goers/fellow dog owners. “Wow, your dog has lots of energy. What kind of dog and how old?” is the common statement and questions we get.
Many are unsure what’s my breed due to my size and very surprised to know that I am a Golden Retriever. Most of the people we’ve encountered are at awe on how much energy I have and amazed how I could out run their young pup.
I ‘m a Senior Dog, Playful and have a Young Golden Heart.
5 Typical/Untypical Qualities of a Senior Dog
1) As a senior dog, have I slowed down? Obviously, no. I still show lots of energy. I enjoy a good long run/walk. other options are fun play of fetch and stair climb, race to the top. A Golden Swim is my favorite energy burner. Creative ways to release my Golden Energy is regularly on my mom’s mind.
2) As a senior dog, have I gotten whiter? YES, its a bit obvious that my Golden Face has gotten whiter. For some it is confusing because of the way I move and many would ask about my breed and “Why does your dog have a white face?”
3) As a senior dog, do I get tired more quickly? It depends on the weather. Warm/hot weather makes me tired easily. One reason I do most of my activities in the morning or late/early evenings. Most senior dogs sleep a lot. Do I? I do take lots of short naps which energizes me. There are times that I’m guilty that I’m not fully aware of being tired and need my mom’s assessment. I do have a tendency to overly “play” and need to be monitored, asked to rest and drink water.
4) As a senior dog, do I seem to ignore when being called? Golden LAUGHS! I’m guilty that there are times I pretend that I’m loosing my hearing … and suddenly can hear if a tasty delish treat is spoken.
5) As a senior dog, do I get “moody” and/or get easily upset? I do get very “moody” if I’m not given a “banana” dessert after a meal. I do bark a lot and Golden Demand a banana. As I aged, mom says I got braver. I’m open to exploring new environments and loud noises are not so bothersome as when I was a young pup.
I am Golden Proud to Be a Happy Playful Senior Dog and Young At Heart.
Lots of Golden L♥VE n Woofs
Hahhhaha My MOM gets lots of those same questions. Especially when I out run the young ones. I too am young at heart, happy and playful. People are surprised, no they are shocked that I am 13 and a half.
We have two pups we play with at the river….one’s fourteen and the other fifteen. They have slowed down but are still ready to join in, or do their own things.
XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy
You are one ROCKIN’ senior dog Sugar!! Love that smile! Xo Chloe and LadyBug
prancer pie says
It’s so hard for us to remember that you are a “senior” woofie. You’re so young and adorable!
Abby Dabby Doo says
I am senior dog young at heart too and love long walks with my daddy. For a couple weeks though, we can’t go as far and have to take it a bit slower because he’s recovering from surgery. I know how that is from when I had to have that done. People are often surprised when they find out I am 9–some even call me puppy! Have a fun day! Woof! Woof!
urban hounds says
Very cool post. We have three seniors here too. Ive noticed lately Tubby is less tolerant of long walks and much less tolerant of heat. Norbert has arthritis so we have to be careful how far he walks. Both have good hearing. As for the moodiness the only thing I hve noticed is Norbert no longer enjoys the dog park, he just doesnt like too many young wild dogs about
Amy and Toby says
Sugar you are an inspiration and give me hope that we’ll have Toby for many more years!
Hailey and Zaphod says
We aspire to be like you when we get older! Lee and Phod
I believe dogs are like people, the more you exercise the more energy you have… and you exercise a lot.
Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom says
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again and probably again and again but senior dogs are awesome! And, you’re one of the coolest!
2 brown dawgs says
You are the youngest dog we know Sugar!
Frankie and Ernie says
You do NOT Think or ACT like a Senior Dog.
Oz the Terrier says
You sure are playful and young at heart! I think when one becomes a senior dog, it is more about how you feel than just the silly number. If you feel happy and young, then you will act that way…though I agree that at any age, a dog should get “moody” if not given a proper dessert after a meal. BOL
Another wonderful senior dog post — loving them!
Mom says my sister has gotten much better behaved as she has aged. She says she can actually trust Katie most of the time, something she couldn’t do in her younger years. I think as long as you are healthy and stay in an active lifestyle you can have a great senior time as a dog! You rock, Sugar…you and Katie together would be almost too much!
Casey the Boxer says
Senior dogs are pawesome! I’m glad you get to enjoy your golden (BOL!) years in such good health. 🙂
Roxy the traveling dog says
Sugar you are the perfect model for senior dogs everywhere.
We think you are an amazing and amazingly wonderful Senior!!!
Ann Paws says
That is so awesome Miss Sugar! You are definitely energetic for your age which is pawsome 🙂
Molly The Wally says
Sugar we loved your let’s pretend to be deaf one. Ha ha we have to try that on peeps when I don’t want to do something. Have a marvellous senior Monday.
Best wishes Molly
Madi and mom says
Sugar you are a beautiful Senior lady…and I am close behind you. Wednesday I will be 11.5 years old
Madi your bfff
Comedy Plus says
Our Little Bit will be 11 in October and she’s slowed down a lot. She’s still healthy, but she’s not as active as she used to be. We don’t push her. She does what she wants on our walks and that’s it.
Have a woof woof day Sugar. My best to your mom. 🙂
Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom says
Sugar, you and your Mom are PAWSOME!! Since Callie’s TPLO surgery, I’ve had to limit her exercise to 15 minutes several times a day; but she and Shadow don’t mind too much since they both have some mild-to-moderate hip dysplasia. And with this miserably hot, muggy, buggy summer we’ve had, I cut back on the time outside. Most of the summer we stayed inside and played with the soft, squishy Chuck-it balls. As it starts cooling off a bit — and the bugs start going into hibernation — we’ll play outside more. The important thing is to keep them both healthy and happy. Ducky helps me to keep them young at heart…especially since she is getting so much better at playing nicely!
Millie & Walter says
Sugar we can only hope that we will be as happy and healthy as you when we reach the same age. Your mom has done a great job keeping you so fit.
Winston & Maynard Jack says
Sugar, you are sooooooo young hearted and adorable!! Keep up the great health!!
Murphy & Stanley says
Mom says just cuz someone is officially a seror doesn’t mean they have to act that way!
Murphy & Stanley
Pam | Words With Wieners says
Hi Sugar! What a pawsome post on being a senior dog. You are the perfect model for senior dogs everywhere.
I’m surprised that people ask what breed you are. To me, you are clearly a gorgeous Golden. And about the white face? Most senior dogs get white faces… it’s very common. Perhaps some of the people you encounter just haven’t been around many senior dogs. I think it’s beautiful and call it “frosty face”.
Haha on #4 and #5. The idea of a you “demanding” a banana is so cute and funny. But I know how much you love them.
P.S. I am so very behind on visiting and commenting. But I just got caught up on all your posts! And yes, we did receive the painting. Thank you so much to you and Sheila! I will try to get a good picture of it so I can share it on the blog this week.
My boys will be seven at the end of the month. It makes me sad to see them getting older, but then I remember I’m lucky enough to have 7 years of memories with Shiver and five with Chico.
You’re a wonderful example of a beautiful senior.
You are forever young Sugar
Sweet! I think #4 is typical at any age. 😀 You’ve aged very well, Sugar. I hope I have at least half your energy when I’m a senior.
Carol Bryant says
Great post. I had a senior and I miss her so, and your posts and pics make me smile to the umpth degree!
Sugar, you look young and beautiful to all of us! Sisfur Zoe says: I’m twelve, but don’t look or feel a day older than two. It’s attitude that keeps us young! Me-Ommmmmmm http://www.swamizoe.blogspot.com
You’re so Golden healthy and beautiful Sugar! We’re glad you’re still so young at heart!
Sugar, I just hope I’m as ‘young’ as you are when I get that age. We live the good life and it
joann stancer says
You are young at heart and looking so good. Keep up the good work!
Two French Bulldogs says
You are the perfect rep for a senior dog
Benny & Lily
Oh Sugar, I hopes to be YOU when I grow up!!! BOL
Sugar, I just love you! You are too much an I know Kayo will follow in your footsteps as she gets older! You are truly awesome!
Jan K says
I love how active and happy you are, Sugar. I think our senior Beagle also has what we call “selective hearing”. He really is getting deaf though, but he definitely hears things he wants to, like the treat bag! But when he’s out in the yard being called to, he pretends he can’t hear us (we can’t be sure if he really does or not!
I love your white face. Our golden Sheba started turning white at a very young age, probably 6 or 7. I hope she will be as healthy and happy as you are when she reaches your age!
Idaho PugRanch says
When our beloved Char Shu was close to 17 yrs old and his black pug mask was pretty much white, a lady said to us
“I did not know there where white pugs” I told her he used to be very black , but he was now quite the senior dog. He did not slow down till that last year
Bailey, Hazel & Greta
Kitties Blue says
We think that all that good loving you get from your human probably keeps you young as well. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo
So sorry we missed this post!!! You look young and beautiful!!! The tennis ball is one of our favorites!! 🙂
A Husky Life says
Sugar, you are the perfect spokedog for all senior dogs out there! I can only hope, wish and strive for Rocco to be this healthy and happy at your age 🙂
wow you really like bananas huh? 😀 Enjoy the moment, and hope you have many good years ahead 🙂
Amelia Hughes says
You are a beautiful senior dog with a wonderful blog and a zest for life Sugar!