Dog Days of Summer

I've known my best friend for 10 years now and we seriously dated for 6 of those.  Naturally, her best friend is her Lhasa Apso named Reebok. Reebok was a shelter dog she saved 15 years ago.  At the time, the shelter told her Reebok was about "two years" old.  (The shelters always claim a dog is about "2 years old" it seems.)  Reebok is now pushing 20 years old.  Lhasa Apsos surprisingly live into their twenties, (that's an old man of 150 for you and me.)  He is deaf and blind, and at his age he sleeps all day only getting up on his arthritic knee to bump around to eat or looking to go outside to pee.  It is a hard life being an adorable old man and he needed his sleep. Reebok weighs about 15 lbs and is still a puppy at heart.  Reebok was left to fend for himself out in the woods by his prior owners.  His demeanor suggested that his prior owners had abused him. For about a month Reebok would flinch when my friend reached out to pat his...(Read Full Post)