After 15 1/2 years on this earth, 4 of them spent with me, my beloved border collie/retriever mix, Jiminy passed away peacefully in my arms this past Monday. I adopted her in 1999 after her previous owners dumped her at the local shelter since she started showing signs of arthritis and they didn't want to spend any money treating her. She was the most gracious, undemanding, gentlest dog I have ever known. It only took her one week after I adopted her to have our routine down pat and only one run-in with one of my cats to realize that the best course of action would be to leave all cats alone! I started her on an arthritis drug in 2000 and she started acting like a puppy, running around, so happy to be with me. She absolutely loved riding in the car. But, I have to say when I got my E in March, I did have to help her in and out of it since it was a little high for her. But once she got in it she loved it as much as I did. Even if it was a quick ride to return videos, she was always game.
Not sure when I will get another dog, but I do know one thing. I would not hesitate in getting another "senior," even an 11 year old, but certainly one that is over 5 years old. Being single, fulltime job, owning my own home with large yard, and having 4 cats, I cannot deal with a puppy or a younger dog in need of training. Give me an older dog anytime. A quote I read says it all: "Old dogs, like old shoes are comfortable. They may be a little out of shape, and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well."