Dogs, too, experience stress. Knowing how old your dog is in “dog years” helps to gauge how much to expect of him in terms of healing, and how quickly you can expect him to heal and get back in shape. Your dog’s temperament is part of this formula.
We’ve gone through so much these last few months. I am now ten years old, have a few more white hairs on me, though I neither care about that nor can I really see the difference between the chocolate and the white hairs.
The white hairs are mostly where my whiskers are and under my chin; since I was hit by the car, little puffs of white are on my feet and my legs. But my coat is still a fully and beautiful shiny chocolate.
How could I be going white when I’m only ten years old?
One website said that I’m 75 in human years. Another said that I’m 64.
My doctors said that I’m an “older dog” and that healing takes longer, but that I’m healing very well for an “older dog”. But when I went swimming on Friday, somebody said that I acted like a puppy. My mom calls me a puppy. She says “Hello, puppy!” and “Goodnight, puppy dog!” Even though I’m ten, every day is new and exciting. I am enthusiastic about my life and everything about it. When there are other dogs at the lake, I want to play with all the other dogs so much that I lose interest in swimming. When somebody throws out a tennis ball for me to fetch and another dog is swimming, I forget about the tennis ball and want to play with the other dog in deep water and then my mom says “Joey, NO!” and yanks on the harness a little so that I lay off of the other dog.
My parents want me to swim and get physical therapy but are trying to come up with other ideas. They are so frustrated about this that they last night I heard them talking about trying to find me a dog park that will allow adult an unneutered male dogs. Who act like a puppy.
Some dog parks don’t allow unneutered male dogs, such as I am. When I was a puppy, the play groups all allowed me in but then after my first birthday, they didn’t, because of this. But if my parents do find one that allows me in, maybe I’ll get a few more white hairs there.