Hunter’s going on 10. He’s slowed down quite a bit after raising our daughters and losing his long-time buddy Gomez. He prefers to spend most of his time just laying in the backyard now. Any attention you give him, he appreciates now.
It’s tough watching an animal like him who was so strong and active in his younger days get older. Happens to everyone though. Sadly, it happens much to quickly with dogs.
My dog Hunter is a mutt with German Shepherd, Husky, and who knows what else in him. He is a handful even in his old age. Recently, he lost his old buddy Gomez. I would say he mourns. He still looks around for him. He’s much less active. He’s lost some bounce in his personality. If that’s mourning in a dog, then he’s mourning.
I was looking for a way to cheer him up and playing sticks works sometimes. I think he’s losing some eyesight and he jammed himself in the eye with one of the sticks. It got to me to see him hurting. That’s how he ended up with these new ropes.
When playing fetch with Hunter, 2 objects must be used. He won’t drop the one he has until you throw another. Trying to get whatever he’s holding away from him is just a bad idea. I did get a couple of returns on these, but he tired quickly and just chewed around on them some.
After playing with him like this at this stage of life, I realize it’s not the toy he’s interested in, it’s me. It’s the attention. The more I hype the playing up, the more he likes it.
Now food is a different matter. He don’t care about me a bit. It’s 100% the food!
Gomez Spearman died Tuesday after a long illness. He leaves behind 2 grieving parents, 2 sisters, 1 brother and numerous grieving friends.
Gomez was adopted in 2008 after taking the job as a companion for Hunter Spearman. He immediately took to the family and quickly taught Hunter the ways of not biting people and playing joyfully instead. Over a course of a few weeks he befriended even Hunter. Everyone else, he befriended in a few seconds.
Gomez enjoyed high decibel barking, but only in limited bursts. He awoke each morning to greet the day with loud, window rattling barks to alert everyone that he was ready to start the day. He loved big hugs, kisses, ear rubs, and butt scratches. He was also a big fan of anything that made it his way out of the frying pan. He had a fondness of couches and on one occasion, ate one.
Gomez taught humans on the side. His lesson was to try to make friends with everyone, even if they think you’re a goofy looking bastard. If that doesn’t work, let them talk to Hunter. He was also the house comedian.
He will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers and cards please answer a “Free Dog To Good Home” ad at least once in your lifetime.
Hikes and drives around the Gambier area are always fun. Today was perfect for a short walk in the woods. That’s were we met Hi-Low.
Hi-Low was ignoring his owner and teasing his buddy, a coonhound, with a deer leg he’d found. The owner was just recovering from a deer’s head that Hi-Low wanted to bring on the hike. He had so much exuberance that it was fun to watch his mischief.