Monday, October 01, 2007

This Is Red October's Day!

RedOct is 13 today.

That's 91 dog years. Enough to win him some respect. And sympathy, too. Not that he's ever asked for it.

He's led a rich and varied life.

  • Local Champion at Ultimate Frisbee
  • Self-Anointed Bouncer at the Off-the Leash Bark Park
  • Swims better than Labradors (they never take his sticks or kick sand in his face anymore)
  • Serial rodent-killer (body count in double digits)
  • Mobile alarm clock, doorbell, dishwasher and winter blanket
  • Body guard for grand children
  • Personal trainer
  • Loyal and non-judgmental companion
  • Outdoors blogger
  • Teacher of life
  • Indispensable presence
Whichever one of the two us ultimately gets left behind will be a mess.

I worry about that because, although RedOct is slightly older

than I am, he's in much better
shape. (No Coronas, M&M's or Hagendaz.)

For one thing, he can still run.

Here's to Ya, Big Guy!

7 Moderated Comments:

Blogger Beach Bum said...

No matter how damn old I get I will never give up Coronas or M&M's. Happy birthday RedOct, in fact when I get home tonight I'll have several Coronas just for you.

10/02/2007 04:07:00 AM  
Blogger MadMike said...

Happy birthday to Red October! Like BB I am going to celebrate this landmark (13 is very old for Dobermans)by toasting to his continued good health with a Bacardi and Coke! Vigil it is a credit to you that your dog has reached such a remarkable age. Clearly you have cared for him.

10/02/2007 01:37:00 PM  
Blogger Cold War Vet said...

I taught my dog to say Happy-Birthday, check it out,

Afry Bow-Wow, Bark Bark.

Pretty cool, Huh?

10/02/2007 03:31:00 PM  
Blogger Not Your Mama said...

Happy birthday to Red. I can relate to this post since we have 3 elderly canines and an aging cat in our household.

Not even certain how old the dogs are as all were adult rescues when they joined the family and that's been many, many years.....

10/02/2007 04:35:00 PM  
Blogger LittleBill said...

Happy birthday, RedOctober, and many more. Way to go!!

And, to Not Your Mamma, that's the way I got all of my pets, too. The very best!

The only clue we have about their ages is what the vet says about the condition of their teeth, sort of like reading tea leaves.

10/03/2007 07:55:00 AM  
Blogger Stella said...

Happy belated, Big Red. May you have a long, wonderful life. I know you will... you're got a great dad!

10/04/2007 05:42:00 PM  
Blogger E said...

Happy Birthday, Big Fella! You make 13 look GRRRReat! Must be those cute ears.... :)

10/05/2007 06:34:00 AM  

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