Simba turns 13 years old today!
Happy New Year from Nala and Simba!
Sadly, Mischief is not here to celebrate with the dogs, but she’s with us in our memories.
The puppies are getting older. Nala will be 14 soon, and Simba will be 13 next year. Pretty respectable ages for Labradors.
We don’t go on too many long walks now. It’s more like I’m pulling them along rather than them pulling me down the street these days. We go for short walks, or just play in the back yard.
Both dogs have slowed down in activity level over the past few years, but Simba’s starting to show more signs of old age than Nala is. He’s showing signs of some osteoarthritis and has a bit of muscle atrophy in his hind quarters as a result. He still runs around in the yard a bit but not as much as he used to, and he’s a little slower to get up these days.
They’re both still happy and content dogs, and I think they’ll be around for a few more birthdays.
Today we said goodbye to Mischief. She was a sweet little kitty (although Simba might not have thought so).
Mischief would happily sit on the chairs, sofas, tables, generally wherever you wanted to sit, and swat at the dogs if they got too close. She eventually learned to tolerate Nala’s affectionate licking, but Simba always kept his distance.
When Mischief demanded attention, you’d hear the most pitiful, sad, and dramatic meows coming from her.
Many years ago, Mischief overheard the vet telling Connie that Mischief was perfect. Ever since then, Mischief always made sure that we knew she was perfect.
Rest easy, Mischief. Now you can go tell everyone else how perfect you are.