My Dog Is 13 and I Am Worried About The Future

What happens when a dog becomes family?

Leon Macfayden
Change Your Mind Change Your Life

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My dog's name is Wags. He is a Chihuahua/Jack Russell crossbreed. I am an only child, and he is my brother. Animal lovers will understand.

He is stocky and muscular for a small dog and has no health problems whatsoever. He shows no sign of aging apart from a few more grey hairs, and he gets a little more tired than when he was younger. He has three walks per day, chases his toy, and often jumps onto the sofa to sleep.

Nevertheless, there is an elephant in the room… He is 13 years old.

My Life with Dog Siblings.

I have had dogs in my family since I was a child.

Tinker, the mad Cocker Spaniel who only had three legs after getting run over and whose bravery astounded me as he climbed mountains in Scotland, died aged 11.

Bluey, the Yorkshire Terrier, abused by his previous owners but had a few months' peace with us, died aged 8.

Bertie, the randy Yorkshire Terrier, had a Stiletto shoe that he loved and was ultimately buried alongside.

Sammie, the West Highland Terrier who loved playing and going for long walks, died aged 10.

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Leon Macfayden
Change Your Mind Change Your Life

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