I have a 14-year-old Pekingese, Louise, who has no known health issues other than the typical heart murmurs and breathing issues of the breed and arthritis in one paw. He missed Pooh for two days — more than I expected because he considers himself to be a Chinese prince and rarely acknowledged her existence when she was alive. I am treasuring all the moments left with my aloof Asian monarch! May you and I make as many memories as possible with our canine buddies while we can.

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