The guy Cliff rides to work with saw our new dog, Iris, and said to Cliff, "That's an OLD dog; look how gray she is."
Wayside Waifs had Iris' age at three to six years old, but Tony's statement got me thinking she might be a lot older. Shelters have been known to guess the ages of animals wrong. And I worried about it for a little while.
Then I sat myself down and asked why it mattered. Iris could be ten years old and still have another five years ahead of her; but even if she only had a couple of years left, if they're good ones, she's worth the effort.
She plays with her toys and fetches a ball and a frisbee. She walks with a quick and lively step. She already shows a strong loyalty to me.
I wonder if she thought, the day I brought her home, "This person who adopted me looks really, really old. Will she live long enough to take care of me the rest of my life?"
I guess it goes both ways.
Ain't but three things in life that's worth a solitary dime....