This is Misty, adopted at age 10, and now 14, as shown in
August 1997. But, she was never thought of
as old. "My husband and I adopted
Misty, a Golden Retriever, when she was ten years old. The folks who gave her up never
dwelled on her age as a disadvantage, and we didn't either. In fact, we were so delighted
to get her, it never even occurred to us to think of her as 'old.' Her most endearing
quality has always been an unquenchable desire to spend all her time with us.
At fourteen, she has been on chemotherapy for a year, but
canine oncology has made tremendous strides in the past few years, giving Misty
along with scores of other dogs an extended lifespan and a quality of life that is
excellent. She may not be up for a six-mile hike anymore, but she loves riding in the car
and can still make it onto the back seat in one leap. (Sometimes we wonder if there is
such a thing as selective agility.)" This story was contributed by Andy and Teri
Goodman from San Francisco, California.