Today is Tally’s 14½th birthday and the picture above was taken just a few minutes ago in our backyard.
When people ask how long Samoyeds live, there’s a stock answer: 12 to 14 years. Tally has surprised everyone. She has lived longer than her parents, grandparents, or littermates. I believe she has lived longer than any dog bred by her kennel and they’ve been in operation for 50 years.
She remains in good health considering her advanced age. She has aches and pains, none excessive. She loves playing ball in the backyard (she’s waiting for me to pick up and throw her a ball in the picture above). She has increasing difficulty in finding a ball thrown more than four or five feet from her these days. Some combination of vision and processing.
If we’d let her she’d try to run an agility course. Walking her around the block is about the limit of her strength these days although her spirit, vibrant and eager as ever, pushes her and me to do more.
A couple of times a week I need to feed her by hand. She just doesn’t feel like standing that long. It’s a labor of love I do for an old friend.