(You can click to enlarge most of the pictures)
First of all, don't let the title scare you! Storm is fine! I guess looking at Jackal's puppy pictures the other day has me thinking about the past. I got Storm when I was sixteen. I loved (and still love) her, but like most teenagers when I started dating I stopped spending as much time with her. Yeah I took care of her and she slept in my room every night, but I didn't spend one on one time with her.
When I got married and moved into the house where I live now I started spending a lot more time with her of course. Unfortunately we both were working so for the first time in her life Storm had to be alone during the day. When I lived at home with my parents my mom and brother were always there because my brother is disabled and my mom cares for him. They also had other dogs. This is the reason we got Jackal. They adore each other!!
As Storm gets older (she's ten now) I start to worry about a time when she won't be here. She's still healthy and strong, but I notice little things. Her cataracts and chronic dry eye are affecting her vision. She can't really catch things anymore and watching her do one of her favorite past times (chase moths/flies/etc.) makes me sad because she can't really track them anymore. She loses them so easily now. When she was younger she could catch anything lol. She also can't hold her bladder nearly as long and has been having accidents in the house after having gone nine years without having an accident indoors. She also seems confused sometimes. She just stands and stares off into space. Can dogs get dementia?
On a happier note she's just as active and healthy as ever. She has a great appetite. She has a great, happy demeanor. She's still one of the best dogs ever!
One of the things about Storm that I've probably never mentioned is that we used to call her the Invisible Dog. She could be in the same room and you would have no clue she was there. Part of this is because she likes to make dens (she loved sleeping under the foot part of my brother's recliner) and part of it is because she's so well behaved and quiet! You could easily forget she was there. I don't want her to be invisible anymore. I want to spend as much time with her as I can. I want to go places and explore and have fun. I want to learn new things together and spend time together.
So I guess this long rambling post was an excuse to share adorable pictures (all taken by me between 2001 and 2006) and to say that I'm sad because my baby girl is getting older and that our time together is growing short (or she could live another six to eight years! Not trying to be negative or pessimistic) so I want to spend as much time together as possible. :) I guess I just thought she would always be around and just as I had to recognize my own mortality (sucks getting older lol) I now have to recognize her's. So, yeah, anyway, guess I'm going to give her a hug and go to bed lol. Night guys!