Tally At 16

by Dave Schuler on April 3, 2014

Today is Tally’s 16th birthday. Happy Birthday, Tally!

Every day with her these days is a blessing and a new adventure. She has difficulty negotiating the three stairs from the house into the backyard so I carry her down the stairs. I just stabilize her a bit when she’s on her way back in. We need to coax her to eat. Recently, I’ve taken to tempting her by adding bacon grease or melted pork lard to her food which she likes very much. I’m sure her teeth hurt her but she’s frail enough there’s not much we can do about them.

Somewhat to our surprise we got the pressure sore, the equivalent of a bed sore, on her right hip under control. She’s a bit unkempt in this picture but she really doesn’t think very highly of grooming these days.

Tally is the oldest Samoyed we’ve ever had and, I think, the oldest Samoyed I’ve ever met. When people ask “how old do Samoyeds get?” the usual answer is 12 to 14 years. She’s outlived the actuarial tables.

She’s still eating, pooping, walking around, doing her stuff. She’s still happy. As long as that’s the case I’m willing to do what I can to keep her that way.

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... April 3, 2014 at 12:09 pm

She’s outlived the actuarial tables.

Always an accomplishment.

Dave Schuler April 3, 2014 at 12:13 pm

I’ve heard of a 17 year old Samoyed but never met one. Given what I know it’s hard for me to believe.

... April 3, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I’ve heard of a 17 year old Samoyed but never met one.

I wish you and Tally luck with your efforts to meet one.

MaryRose Jeffry April 3, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Happy Birthday from the gang in LA: Hunter, Myles, and Bojangles.

Jimbino April 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Damn, I’d love to just eat, poop and walk around, but Obama’s got me having to pay just to live.

ObamaAmerika has to be one of the few countries in which people are treated worse than dogs.

Cstanley April 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Will she lie on a donut to help prevent the decubital ulcers? You just fill it minimally with air so that it takes the pressure off without lifting up her hindquarters too much.

Dave Schuler April 3, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Will she lie on a donut to help prevent the decubital ulcers?

No. She won’t even lie on a bed. She has some trouble getting up from bare floor so she now preferentially seeks out the hardest non-bare surface she can find.

michael reynolds April 3, 2014 at 5:11 pm

still eating, pooping, walking around, doing her stuff.

How much longer will you or I be doing as well?

matt bernius April 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Happy birthday Tally!

And Dave, you might want to look into a Kurunda bed (http://kuranda.com/). We had a 15 year old shepard/husky mix with a bad back end and the raised bed helped a lot.

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