A Day with Zoe
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Our family dog Zoe, is 11 years old. My husband had been wanting a dog since I had met him. We were both living in apartments in Atlanta, then we moved and he was in graduate school and there never was a “right time”. After we were married and had bought a house, he came home with Zoe, our airedale terrier. He just went out and got her and he called me and told me at work. I did’t believe him.
Here she is as a puppy.
She has been with us a long time and through the birth of our 3 kids. Each time we brought a new baby home, she would walk over and give them a big sniff. We always wondered what she was thinking. We decided it was, “Oh no. Not a another one!”. She laid by each of our kids and has a special relationship with each of them.
She even helped celebrate their birthdays.
Today when my husband got home from work, she jumped up. She totally ignores me when I walk in the door. Today we saw a little prance in her step and the old playful puppy that we don’t often see anymore. Dogs are considered seniors when they are 7 years old. She is getting up there in years!
According to experts at Purina Pro Plan, around age seven, the glucose metabolism in a dog’s brain begins to change, which can affect memory, learning, awareness or decision making. They developed Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind to help with mental alertness and sharpness in these older dogs. Just like people do things to stay healthier and younger, dogs can too and with results within 30 days.
Here’s a little video I made so everyone can see a day in the life of Zoe. She stays pretty active for her old age.
Update: Zoe passed away in June 2017. We were heartbroken. We found a dog while we were hiking on a camping trip and we thought it was a sign that dog should be ours. We named him Buddy!
How old is your dog? What things do you do to keep them healthy?