When you think of a senior dog, what do you picture? Do you picture a creaky, sleepy, deaf dog? Do you picture a dog with moderate to serious health concerns? Is a senior dog a dog who you will not have much time with?
Perhaps we need a new definition of dogs that are not quite at the creaky stage.
When we list beagles as seniors what we really mean are spunky little beagles who are still quite capable of giving a good number of years of snuggles and laughs. Like Cappi.
When we let Cappi out of her crate in the morning she runs around the house doing little beagle dances of joy. When it's time to go in the crate she enthusiastically does so. She loves to go for lots of walks and she really enjoys sniffing around the back yard.
We look at Cappi, who we've been told is 11, and think "This dog has got some very good years left." She is active and fit and loves life. "Senior" does not seem to be a very good age description for her. "Golden Girl" would be more appropriate.