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For years I’ve heard the ratio was 7 to 1, but I recently found out that is not it at all. According to the interwebby thingy this is the equation: For the first two years, a dog year is equal to 10.5 human years. After that, each dog year equals 4 human years. This calculation is based on studies that indicate dogs, except maybe larger breeds, develop more quickly in the first two years of life. Well that was as clear as mud, but it covers the ground and left me more confused than I was an hour ago. A dog is 16 (Our Years) so using the times 7 that is 112 their years
The same dog (Still 16 of our years) using the interwebby scale is 77 in their years. Either way that is a ripe old age. But then I have a cat (Long story) that is 19 years old in our (Human years) but our cat is 92 in cat years or 19 in our years. Pretty boring information so far???

Mini

Mini

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But there is a good reason I’m telling you all of this; early this morning we found our 16 year old dog Mini (AKA Minimum) a long time friend and faithful member of our house passed this morning. Mini came to us the same way as so many other dogs have, someone gave her to us. We had just moved into our new house, and had stopped by a friends bar and one of the customers was there with his dog and a box of puppies. If you find that odd then you need to spend more time in the Philippines. While I was having a beer I spied Mayang peering into the box, and knew a pup was coming home with us. The customer turned and said, to Mayang that they were free if she would give it a good home. Mayang took one and left without a word. Naturally I waited and had another beer when she returned and showed the guy the new shot record card she received from the vet. That was in 1999.

Now it’s the year 2016.It was sad, and it still upsets me, but here is what happened. The past year she has slowed down to a snail’s pace. If she jumped up to bark and informed us that someone was at the gate (The rest of the Dog Army had already informed us) after that bark, she was forced to lie down and take a nap.

She will be missed, as any of you dog lovers know, a dog is as much a part of your life as eating or sleeping. Even a planned trip requires pet sitters to be hired and then trained. And everyday you’re absent you worry, kind of like they were teenagers. If you want good sex you need a good woman, if you want unconditional love , you need a good dog. To prove this point, put a woman and you dog in the trunk of your car for twenty minutes, let them both out and tell me who still loves you. Now I found that I must explain that those last two comments were purely added in jest, please don’t tell me we shouldn’t do that to our ladies, as we already know that!

But instead of feeling sad, I’ll remember coming home from sea and the family telling me that 30 minutes before I pulled up to the gate she (Mini) had been going berserker as if she knew I was coming. Mayang and the girls would hug me and Mini tried to nuzzle her way in between us to get at me. While home she would stay by my side, including during naps. If she needed to go outside she would hit me with her paw and wake me then she ran and scratched the door. I was looking at those scratches on our Nara Wood door and swear I’ll never refinish it.

I have 13 other dogs whom I love also, but Mini was the “DONA” a Japanese Spitz who left us with three of her pups (All aging now) I’m not in a very sad mood as my memories are forever, but tomorrow I know I’ll be looking around the house for her. What I am sad about is that whichever scale you use to figure dog years, it will never be enough. But the cat still survives and will outlast me.

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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Jason Weiland
5 years ago

Paul,

Your dog Mini looked just like my dog. We love her very much,

It was a fitting send-off for your long-time friend.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  Jason Weiland

Hi Jason;
I have three of her offspring, 2 males and one female. at one time the neighbors would ask foe a puppy until I found that their life span was less than a few months so after that I just kept them and separated the boys from the girls. But now even her pups are advancing in age. I have a visiting vet that comes once a year to check them all, and one in town foe emergencies. As a sailor for most of my life I couldn’t keep pets, but when I retired I made up for it.

ScottD
ScottD
5 years ago

Paul, Sorry to hear that your beloved pet has passed. Dogs and Cats become more family than pets. I had my best friend put to sleep because there was little they could do for him. I had my cat for 17 years and he developed Diabetes and he just got to where his insulin was not doing any good. He was having seizures and no way to stop it. I mad the toughest call in my life that day. It still hurts to this very day. He was more like a dog in his personality. He followed me everywhere and… Read more »

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  ScottD

Scott;
If the pet is in pain, then you did the correct thing, as we would never allow them to suffer. Mini was alright until her last week, I knew we were going to lose her but the Vet said she was not hurting. Each pet is special in their own particular way.

bigp
bigp
5 years ago

I have had to put a couple of my dogs out of their misery. It magnified mine.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  bigp

Loren;
If they are in pain I agree.

Derek
5 years ago

Hi Paul, yes it’s a sad day when you lose a pet they become more like family,
I’ve got a dog giving to us when we first moved here 8 years ago so I’m not sure
How old he his , he follows me everywhere I’ll miss him when the time comes
I like to think we have given him a good life, he has his faults like digging up the wife’s
Flowers now and again but he’s a good natured dog , he lets me know when it’s dinner time lol, thanks for the post Paul, Derek in pasig.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  Derek

Derek;
Each dog will have their peccadillos, but that’s why they are so endearing to us.

Chasrand
Chasrand
5 years ago

Hi Paul,
Sorry to hear this news, I’ve been through this too.
Keep your chin up my friend.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  Chasrand

Chas;
Yes it will happen again, I’ll never stop offering my home to a dog that needs it.

AJ UK
AJ UK
5 years ago

Hi Paul

We have a Labrador Retriever at our home in Davao. I still get the best greeting from her whenever I return from my work abroad. She is getting on in age now and slowing up but can still manage to run like a loopy around the house when I return. Regrets it the next day though I think!

I have always had dogs and probably will always have them.

Cheers

AJ UK

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  AJ UK

AJ-UK
I’ve had two pure breed Labs a black one and a Chocolate one, two of the most wonderful dogs I’ve had and all the other dogs have been great. But my vet told me that large pure breeds do not last as long in the high temperatures of the tropics. Neither lasted over 5 years, but mixed breeds do very well. I really don’t know if that is an old wives tale or not. But I still have 12 dogs with me and will wait and see if I adopt any more.

AJ UK
AJ UK
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Funny you should say that Paul. Out vet told us that our dog would only last 7 years. She’s 8 1/2 now so outdoing expectations. The hardest thing is looking after her weight when I’m not there. I can give instructions about amounts and how many meals etc but people do not understand that when giving the scraps of pork etc they are killing her with their kindness. Like all of us, she will put on weight if over fed. I’ve made the decision that I will not get another dog in the PI until I can be there on… Read more »

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  AJ UK

AJ UK; In 1964 I left my dog with my family when I went to the Navy, but because I made so many cruises a pet was impractical, But in 1999 when I retired I went nuts and at one time had 16 dogs, with land enough to care for them. Almost 40 years without any dogs was long enough. I did have an African Gray parrot in my bar in Puerto Rico, but when I left we had a raffle to see who got to keep the bird. The bird still lives in Puerto Rico and as of the… Read more »

Jose Porfirio
Jose Porfirio
5 years ago

Mr. Paul T. From a guy who have seen a lot while working for Uncle Sam, ” invisible ninjas” still bring onions to my eyes when one of the family pets passes away. I get very upset too. You are a compassionate man.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  Jose Porfirio

Jose;
Dogs are special, and I tolerate the cat that has lived with me forever.

Bob New York
Bob New York
5 years ago

Sorry to read about the loss of one of your dogs Paul. I had 3 of them but they passed away years ago. I still keep a supply of dog biscuits and hand them out to neighborhood dogs when I see them go by the front of my house.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob New York

Bob NY;
That is a nice thing to do, when you no longer have one of your own.

queeniebee5
queeniebee5
5 years ago

Hi Paul, Sorry to hear about the loss of your dog friend Mini. Even though you have many other dogs, it seemed that she was special to you. We were always cat people we thought, but after having our two outdoor askal dogs Cutie and Tiger, we found out what we had been missing. Never realized how much entertaining company dogs can be, and how each one has their own distinct personality. Cutie can be aloof like a cat, but is so cute and comical. Tiger, a brindle, is orange with black stripes. He’s a sensitive dog that is interested… Read more »

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  queeniebee5

Queenie; As with people dogs are each unique in a different way, Mini was the one who would do no wrong. At 10 weeks old she was a wild little puppy who was still fully house trained, as long as you got her signals and paid attention. As I said above I\ll never figure how she knew I was returning home after being to sea. My daughters never mastered that trick. We have the one 19 year old cat, that the girls left us when they got married, The pusa and I have had a truce since I retired, But… Read more »

Denzil Browne
5 years ago

Well written. I just wish dogs could live as long as humans. ..

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  Denzil Browne

Denzil;
That is the best suggestion, I’ve ever heard. I wonder if we could put them on our Social Security?

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