Hi everyone, I just had one of my dogs pass away a few months ago and it got me thinking about how I never feel that the dogs in my life live long enough (I mean no matter what it is never long enough) but a good few of them have not made it to the breed average for various reasons even though I have always taken great care of my dogs.
Also, the other people who I will mention have taken great care of their dogs as well. I just feel like they all just seem too short and hopefully I have just had bad luck, but it makes me sad thinking my current dogs wont be around forever. Anyways, how long have the dogs in your lives made it to?
My own personal dog:
Zeus- Scottish terrier 9 years old and had to be put to sleep for hystiocytic sarcoma after 2 months of chemo
My sisters dogs:
Toby- Mutt ~35lbs lived to 10 years old and had to be put down for kidney failure
Natasha- GSD lived to 11 and had to be put to sleep for hip dysplasia after she could no longer walk
Babe- GSD lived to 6 and suddenly had a seizure and died in the middle of my 13th birthday party (the worst party ever, with about 12 screaming and crying pre-teens that I'm sure are scarred for life)
Maggie- Weimaraner lived to 5 and someone left the door open and she got hit by a car while I was away in college. That was the worst because it was 100% preventable.
Mac- Scottish terrier lived to 8 and had to be put to sleep for bladder cancer
Marie- Scottish terrier lived to 9 and had to be put to sleep for spleen Hemangiosarcoma
Close friends dogs that I know:
Boston- Bichon lived to 9 and passed in his sleep to CHF
Radar- Corgi lived to 10 and passed away with no signs of ill health while his owner was at the hair salon
Katie- Mutt ~20lbs lived to 11 and passed in her sleep
Sonni- Dachshund lived to 10 and was put down due to back problems, I'm not exactly sure what it was specifically but he had a wheel chair for the last year of his life
As I sat here typing, I can literally only think of two dogs that I know personally that made it until their teens. My friends labrador Beau lived until he was 12 and could not longer walk due to terrible arthritis and had to be put to sleep, and my friends Shih tzu Snickers who is 12 currently but has multiple health problems.
So it scares me because my dog Lucy is 5 and she is the largest dog I have ever owned at 80lbs and If I was to go off of my previous experience with dog lifespans it looks like she is already halfway thru her life.
Sorry for the depressing post, but I'm hoping everyone will say their dogs have lived really long lives and it puts my mind at ease.