The Dignity of an Older Lab: Vancouver, BC

category: Dogs • 1 min read

old labrador retriever at the beach

The Dignity of an Older Labrador Retriever

This old chocolate Labrador Retriever, (he was 13 or 14 years old and I do not remember his name) wanted somebody to play with him and his toy. It was too difficult for him to move his back legs due to dysplasia and arthritis. The eyes… They make me want to cry.

I like older dogs. Somehow older dogs seem to have “understood us.” They understand everything that’s important. No, not the so called important stuff , like money, but the really, really meaningful stuff like how good of a person you are.

There is a dignity in older dogs. Most of the older dogs have come to accept our erratic, never consistent behaviours.

Labrador Retriever have an average life span of between 10 years and 15 years. The oldest known Labrador Retriever was 27 (yes twenty seven) years old. His name was : Adjutant. He was born in 1936 and died in 1963! Amazing!


Camera: Pentax K20D ISO 100 and 1/90
Lens: Sigma 17-70 @70mm and f/6.7
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