Tasha, the 14 year old (that”s 98 to us!) Newfoundland dog

While I was at my parent’s house helping out with their THIRTY-FOUR new newfie pups, Tasha was at home hitting an amazing milestone! She turned 14 years old. This is very old for a newfie. While she isn’t the athletic young girl she used to be thanks to arthritis, she is still full of it! Barking every morning to make sure everyone in the neighborhood knows “I’m still here!”, eating like a champ and full of desire (though not the ability) to go down to the road and see what there is to see. I spent years keeping her from getting hit by cars. Now that she’s old, I finally don’t have to worry about that any more. Her eyesight and hearing seem to be fine and she gets acupuncture to help out with the arthritis since her back legs are quite stiff. It’s hard to get up, get down and to walk. Not so hard that she’s not willing though although she hasn’t been doing stairs for a few years now. Every day I watch her so carefully to make sure that I’m not being selfish.

Here’s a picture of her today. A little scruffy because it’s basically impossible to give her a bath as we can’t make her stand for a long time. We can’t get her upstairs to our easy access shower to try to bathe her there either and now it’s too cold to bathe her outdoors. But she doesn’t mind and neither do we. She’s 98!

A little less than four years ago, I took some pics when we were giving Tasha a bath at our local (wonderful) pet store that has a great setup. Even then she was old for a newf at 10 and standing for a long time was a little problematic. But look how cute she is!

No less amazing is Daisy who will be 13 in a few more weeks.

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