Premature Pet Aging
We've all seen how our presidents age quickly in office from the literal weight of the world's problems (and many of their own making). Seemingly overnight they get grayer and more haggard looking.
I was at the vet the other day picking up $136 worth of heartworm, seizure and other medicines for my crew and was talking to one of the vets. He said one of his dogs "seems ageless," not showing the typical visible signs. That's how Zoe is to me. She's at least 10, but seems no different that when I got her 8 years ago. Peanut, who is two years younger, looks much older, though in body he doesn't show any signs of stiffness.
I think Peanut has aged and gone gray in the face prematurely because he's a worrier--a less secure, timid dog. Putting up with Scooter's bossiness makes him worry even more. I always notice how he keeps an eye on Scooter, especially when enjoying his ball or a treat. Scooter is 100% better behaved since going through training, but is still the boss. I feel sorry for Peanut in that regard. I know know it's my own fault and that while you can never change a dog's innate nature, I shouldn't have done more when he was young to build his confidence.
When he was a pup, dumped here at 5-months and covered with ticks, he rolled on his back and peed whenever you approached him. Even to this day, when I go towards him with a leash to take him for a walk, he hides his nose in a corner of the room and cowers. He loves to go for a walk, yet every time reacts this way, even though I say nothing and make no big deal of it.
So, just like when people are stressed and worried and unhappy it shows in their face, aging them, our pets can be the same way. Do you notice that in your pets or in others?
Picture above is of my Little Man on his favorite bed, with his favorite ball, looking worried as usual.
posted by Sandy at 5/08/2007 09:08:00 AM