Anyone that knows me understands how much my dog Coco means to me. She is my rock. She is my confidant. She is my best buddy. She rescued me as much as I rescued her. Since I’m single and have no kids, and also tend to be a high level introvert, Coco is my world and I love having her in my life. I really don’t know what life would be like without her in it. I would be lonely and heart-broken without my little girl. That is why it is so hard watching her grow old. It is one thing that money can’t buy; it can’t turn back the years and make her 2 years old again. As you watch pets, friends, family and yourself get older, you realize money can’t buy everything…
A Dog’s Life
I adopted Coco about 7 1/2 years ago. I wish she could live forever! (Or at least as long as I do.) Alas, a dog’s life is much shorter than ours. Of course there are things you can do to prolong your dog’s life. You can feed them higher quality food, exercise them daily, and give them lots of love. I do all those things for Coco. There are also those people that swear by grain-free, raw foods, supplements, and other things to help your dog live longer and healthier. Sometimes those things work, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes a dog gets cancer or another disease and passes away young, sometimes a dog will live a long life. It’s the same for people too. You never know what life has in store for you. I’m grateful for every day I wake up healthy, happy, and alive. 🙂
Young at Heart
Coco will be 10 years old this year. Although she has a puppy face and can occasionally play and be goofy like a puppy, she is also showing her age. She sleeps more and has a difficult time getting up, especially if she’s been laying in one place for a long time. She’s also got a few lumps on her which I’m told are “fatty masses” that dogs tend to get as they age. She has a few scars here and there from before I adopted her, and she has some rough patches on her “elbows” from where she lays on the concrete.
When I see her playing with her toys, it makes me think she still has many years to go. She is still playful, fun and at times has a lot of ‘puppy’ energy. She is not a grouchy old lady or stubborn. She truly is young at heart.
Old Too Fast
Unfortunately, Coco has recently developed a facial paralysis that comes and goes. It is idiopathic from what we’ve discovered, meaning there is no known cause. It causes the right side of her face to go slack, her right lip hangs and drool leaks out, her right eye gets runny, and she can’t move her right ear. It’s hard to tell if she really notices it or not. It reminds me of when we go to the dentist and get a filling and then one side of your face is numb for hours afterward. Coco has always been one of the most resilient dogs I’ve come across, so not much bothers her.
Even though she struggles sometimes, she continues to be by my side all the time. She enjoys spending time next to me and of course, curls up next to me in bed at night. It’s that unconditional love that she gives me no matter what that money can’t buy. This year my job will enable me to work from home, which means I will get to spend more time with Coco during the day. My plan is also to adopt another buddy for us to save from the shelter. Coco will always be my favorite, but there is room in our heart and home for another.
The companionship and unconditional love of a dog is something money can’t buy. It shows me that money can’t buy everything. Although I strive for financial independence and to ensure my financial situation is stable, having family and friends, including pets, in your life is the best feeling and makes the struggles worth it.
If you plan on getting a pet, please consider adopting from a local shelter. There are so many homeless animals that need a forever home.
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”
― Will Rogers