I considered calling this post, “Ahead of the curve, behind in work.” Or maybe, “Promotions, shameful and shameless.”
That is, after my last post, on keeping old dogs healthy and happy, I was planning to move on to new and cheerier topics — including the announcement of a new contest that I’m co-hosting with DogJaunt.com for the most adorable dog carrier in the universe (and I don’t throw the phrase “most adorable in the universe” or even “adorable” around lightly).
But then I got an email about an upcoming Webinar on healthy pet aging, to be hosted by Purina on Thursday afternoon.
Now I’m by no means convinced that consuming Purina products will extend the life of your dog, even though Purina is one of the sponsors of the wonderful BlogPaws conference where I will be speaking on April 10. And should that conference bring me fame and fortune, I will invest a good portion of that fortune in caring for Frankie’s health, including taking him to one of those very expensive veterinary dentists, so perhaps Purina products will indirectly extend the life of my dog.
Mostly, I’m hoping that I’ll glean useful general information about pet aging from the Webinar that I can pass along to you.
In the meantime, one of the most popular things about my aforementioned last post was a dog age calculator sent in by Rod of GoPetFriendly.com. Forget the “multiply by 7” formula that gets you depressed about your dog’s rapidly approaching decrepitude. This calculator, on the Pedigree.com site — see, more proof I’m not pushing a particular dog food brand — will give you more accurate information based on size and breed.
Note: I tried to find another calculator this morning and get some additional information about the science behind the new formula. I found DogAge, a site devoted to the topic, which asked me for way too much information for my comfort (dog name? does that really have any impact on his age?) and took up way too much of my time. If anyone disagrees and decides to go through the process, let me know.
But back to that Pedigree calculator. I was extremely heartened to learn that Frankie, whose 12th birthday will be celebrated on the 4th of July, will only be 64 — not even eligible for Social Security unless he chooses early retirement and I have no evidence that he’s going that route. But I will still need him, and I will still feed him.
And if you didn’t get that last reference, you don’t need to worry about your age, just your dog’s.