• Pets,  Uncategorized

    Half of His Days

    by This is Oliver. Ollie. According to my records (okay, a posted photo on our way home that day), we brought him home on 02 June 2016, so he was not quite 5 ½. We knew that the average lifespan of his breed was 8-10 years, so it was entirely possible we were just going to have him for two or three years before we’d have to say goodbye. He turns 11 in January, which is pretty good considering the stats say that only one in five Saints make it to 10. Every day is a bonus. Yes, he’s a lot slower than he used to be and his energy…

  • Life,  Pets

    This is Oliver

    by This is Oliver. Ollie. Ollie-Pop. Giant Dog™. Giant Doofus. Barky McBarkface. The biggest suck in the world. He’ll be 8 years old in the new year, which bothers me a little, because the typical age range for his breed (a Saint Bernard) is 8 to 10. But, he’s quite healthy, built lean for a Saint at only 140 or 145 pounds, and while he is slowing down, he’s still pretty active for his size and age. We brought him home when he was about 5 ½, flagged to his imminent rehoming or surrender by a former coworker of mine who works with dog rescues here and there. Significant changes…