We still call Hank and Maggie “puppies”, but it’s undeniable these days that they’re really senior citizens. At over 13 years old, they’ve slowed down a lot, and gotten a lot creakier, with poorer vision too. Walks are shorter and slower, naps are a lot longer, and they need help in climbing up steps. Still, they’re basically healthy, for which we’re grateful every day.
Maggie: who’s a good girl? I am!
Hank: nap time with my favorite toy
To help them out in getting down to the back yard, I built a ramp with a brick landing area.
Update: January 1, 2014 – the next “accessibility” accommodation I added: a fence to help keep them from accidentally walking off the deck. Even with the porch light, they still have some difficulty seeing at night.