Woody turned nine back in December and still has the energy of a two-year-old. I never feel like he's slowing down. But lately, I've been getting subtle reminders that nine is actually a very impressive and desirable age to make it to in the dog world. A few large dog breeds are lucky to make it to nine and many dogs are living the equivalent of the laid-back life retired snow bird men enjoy.
The last few weeks on our walks, I've encountered multiple people who ask how old he is, and when I respond that he's nine I get the same response: "He looks good for nine!" I know no one is trying to upset me by reminding me how old he is, but I can't help but feel a little sad each time. Now, I find myself paying closer attention to any new quirks, noises, and changes in appetite and endurance levels to make sure I don't miss any of those getting-older signs. So far so good.
More importantly, I look at Woody differently with a greater sense of appreciation for all he's taught me in our five years together and I have a new outlook on our time together - it must be cherished. I need to do what I can to keep him healthy and enjoy many more years of selfies.
It's finally nice outside, so Woody and I have been enjoying our walks. Note to self: Get one of those fancy dog cameras and really see Cleveland from the dog perspective.
Today I found out one of my very dear friends and her husband are expecting twins. She is already a dog mom to Griffin, a dalmation who happened to live with us during college. You could say he was a former roomie just as much as she is. The way she told our group of friends is probably the cutest way anyone has told me they are pregnant to-date.
Griffin has a lot of reading to do before he becomes a big brother!
Maybe I'm late to the game, but did you know Cleveland has a bikeshare program?? Typically you've seen iterations of these like Citi Bike in NYC, which got a ton of good and bad press. But unlike the high-tech looking bikes in NYC, Zagster bikes actually look pretty normal and are much more low-key. According to Cleveland.com (and the sign in the picture on the left) bikes can be rented with a mobile app instead of the touchscreen docking stations. I have a bike and am pumped that it's now warm enough to start doing more riding and less driving. But, if you don't have one, I suggest checking these out. That is, if you actually know how to ride a bike. That is definitely step 1.
I'm just a twenty-something female raising the weirdest dog I've ever met.