“Am I older than Doc, Mum?” T asks.
“No. Doc is older than you.” I reply
She gives me a puzzled look. We got Doc when she was about three years old and Doc was just, if I’m not mistaken over eight-weeks-old.
I once thought that you add eight years after the dog turns two. Apparently I was wrong. It’s 10.5 years per human year for the first two years. Then it becomes four dog years per human year for each year after that. So if the online calculator is right, we got Doc when he was about 11.25 dog-years old. In doggie years though, that age is still a pup. But since he’s turned two recently, again if that is correct, he is now 25-years-old and is now a fully grown adult dog. Not a “teenager” as I thought he was. How is that even possible, especially since most of the time he still acts like a pup? Calculation also varies and depends on the size and breed of the dog.
How do you explain all that to a five-year-old?
You can’t. I still find all that mind-boggling.
So all I said was “Dogs are different from us. Dog years are different from human years. They age faster than us”.
“Is that why Malibu is an old lady and will die soon?” She asked.
I tell her that yes, Mali is old, but very healthy and hopefully she’ll still be around the next time we visit.
What about you?
How old is your dog?
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