WHEREIN YOU LEARN WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A TEN-YEAR-OLD TIBETAN TERRIER
Ever since my tenth birthday just last week (January 2nd) I have been compelled to relay to you what particularities you may come to expect when you reach this milestone. For your convenience, I have outlined them in three categories below:
We Tibetans are a hearty breed and to date I have had no severe health complications due to my age. My previous scare was due not to age issues, but Caroline’s carelessless of proper dirty-clothes-hamper procedure and my insatiable desire to consume all matter that might taste of her.
I should note, however, I have developed a few protuberances on certain parts of my body. But, my veterinarian has checked these out and they have been labeled “benign.” Just a cosmetic side effect of getting older, I guess.
Some are amazed at my age considering my energy levels. But compared to the amount I used to have, I’m much calmer now. Aside from my three daily walks, I tend to lie down and sleep most of the day. I save up energy for when guests come to visit and to stand my ground at the door against the upstairs neighbor dogs. In the mornings, I am an avid, spirited fetcher of balls, but I tend to ask for a timeout less than ten minutes into a set. I also still love a great game of chase. But, as in fetching, I don’t last very long and after a lap or two, I may suddenly just abruptly stop the game to catch my breath. In general, I reserve most of my energy to uphold the ideals of the Tibetan Terrier as described below.
Overall, I am still 100% Tibetan Terrier: I bark when I want things; I demand attention (most often by barking) when desired; I bark furiously EVERY TIME the neighbor dogs walk by my door; and all packages at snout level are still thoroughly inspected by me.
I still enjoy greeting other dogs, but my days of rumble-tumble are over. I have a “not the face or neck” policy and I think most other dogs understand my attitude because they can sense my age. Since I moved to Brooklyn, I’m allowed to roam freely in the open grounds of my nearby park in the early mornings. But, aside from the fetch sessions, I generally mill about sniffing the ground and munching on sticks.
It’s an easy and low-stress life I live now. I hope that, in the coming years, you take full advantage of all your enthusiasms and interests, and live your life to the fullest as I believe I have.
Cheers to the next decade,