• Multiple pictures of my 10-year-old Saint Bernard.

    Happy birthday, Ollie!

    by Wow. My dog is ten today, which is getting up there for a Saint Bernard. According to what I’ve managed to read regarding lifespans, only about 1 in 5 of these giant sucks gets past their tenth birthday. So, yes, I’m concerned in a general way. But his health is good (yes, he’s old and stiff, but we’re medicating and always paying attention to his limits), and he’s on the small and lean side for a Saint (a mere 150 pounds), and he has no underlying issues that we’re aware of (well, aside from the anxiety and the mild OCD licking in one spot that is fairly common in…

  • 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…