Thursday, June 26, 2008

Happy Birthday, Dear Celtic

Our eldest dog turns 11 years old today. I won't go into great detail about him, because I think it's obvious by the number of times that I've mentioned him on my blog (over 40) that he's an incredibly important part of our family. We love this little guy so darn much!

Last year, Celtic's birthday was bittersweet because it was the first birthday we celebrated without his brother (his actual littermate) Steeler. While I think Steeler's untimely death will always make Celtic's birthday a little difficult, this year I'm also feeling a little saddened because our sweet little Beaglish boy has slowed down so much in the last 6 months or so. While he seems pretty healthy overall, he's apparently developing arthritis in his hips, as he's having some difficulty doing stairs and jumping onto the bed and couch. Chad made him an awesome little set of steps to get on and off the bed a few months ago, but sometimes he's even reluctant to use those. Poor little guy--it seems like he's aging so quickly!

With that said, he has moments where he acts like he's 5 again. He's not nearly as fast as he used to be, but no matter how stiff and sore he is, he just can't resist a good game of chase in the backyard. On Monday evening, as he was thoroughly enjoying some rambunctious playtime with his siblings, I couldn't resist snapping a few pictures. In the last two in particular, Celtic looks like he's really flying!!

We hope he's romping around the backyard like this for many years to come! :)

Happy Birthday, Little Man!!


vwiese said...

this pics are so cute!!!!!! I love all those tri colored dogs.

Erin said...

those are great action pics!

Anonymous said...

I love those pictures. I will look forward to several more years with my grand puppy...gma