Our Black Dog, R, had a birthday during our time in the desert so we called it his birthday trip.
Believe it or not (I don't), he turned ten. He's been on Earth for 10 trips around the sun. We are so lucky to have shared those years with him. He still sometimes has the look of a puppy to me.
And he most definitely has the exuberance of a puppy! I play a game with the dogs where I put a small pile of treats about 20 yards ahead of them as they sit in a stay. They must not move until I get into position with my camera. Then, I say "3-2-1, go" - and they can sprint for the treat pile. You'd think that it might be boring by the 1000th time you've done it in your life, especially since there's no competition for the treats. But, no, nothing is boring to R.
Here is R at full speed after I said "go" a few weeks ago!
He sprinted so fast that all four paws were off the ground at times.
And he kept sprinting the whole way.
However, I absolutely always love the exuberance. If I'm ever feeling down, all I need is 15 minutes in the great outdoors playing with R. I'll be smiling by the end.
I hope that everyone (who can handle it) has an R in their life!
And, most of all, I hope that R has quite a few more trips around the sun with us!