Thirteen years

Today, Phoenix and I celebrate our thirteenth year of partnership. Thirteen years ago, Phoenix’s trainer, gave me a 21 month old male yellow lab weighing just 66lbs.

Today, that yellow lab is three months shy of his 15th birthday and still showers me with the unconditional love he first showed me on July 23, 1998. He’s a lot slower now. And, no longer hears my voice. But, he’s still the deviant, independent minded boy, I’ve always loved.

Thank you Phoenix, for 13 wonderful years.

You’ve been my constant companion through the good times and bad.

You’ve made me smile, when all I saw was rain.

And, you’ve stayed true to your unspoken promise of being my forever, loyal friend.

I’d say, let’s make it 14, but you’re starting to show signs of slowing down.

So, Old Man, let’s just enjoy every minute of the days, weeks, months or years we have left and stop wishing for things so far away. I’m really not sure what life will be like without you by my side, but I do know you’ll always be watching over me.

But, please grant me this one last wish, and start eating regularly so, we can celebrate your big 15.


  1. Congrats to you and Phoenix! *hugs* your post made me cry. It is so hard when they get old. *hugs*

  2. Hi Y’all,

    Kisses and wags to you and Phoenix.

    I’ve heard my Human say, all we really have is this moment in time. We need to spend it wisely and enjoy it to its fullest.

    We all reach the end of the road, but it is hardest on the one we leave behind.

    Licks and love,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  3. Congratulations on being able to celebrate your 15th b-day Phoenix. Such a touching post…so hard not to cry. I know what its like to have an aging dog.

  4. Thanks everyone for the well wishes.

    Phoenix seems to be a little pickier about what he will eat which is really worrisome, but at least we’ve been able to get some hot dogs, bacon and freeze dried liver treats into him for some calories. Our vet is on holidays this coming week, so we’ll probably go see her on the 9th or 10th.

  5. Congratulations to you both *hug*
    And if you are reading this Mr. Phe, you better grant your Mom her last wish or your Auntie Jess will be very upset with you.
    I don’t know what you’re going through, just yet, but just know I’m here if you need to chat.
    This post was beautiful and made me a little teary. Give that Old Man a hug.

  6. Hi Jess, I really wish you lived closer. It would be so nice to just sit and chat with you. It’s hard watching Mr Phe sleep and barely eat, but at least we’ve consistently been able to get some hot dogs, peperoni sticks and treats into him with the occasional kibble meal. I just hope the vet can figure something out, since I really don’t like the signs I’m getting.

  7. Congratulations you two! You have made so many milestones and memories. Its hard to watch them age and slow down. We know that dogs don’t live forever but boy it just seems like they should live longer.
    Each day is a gift was my motto with Met until there were to be no more gifts. Enjoy your daily gifts and form memories for the tomorrows

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