Autumn settles in.
Summer’s but a memory.
Gifts of warmth will bloom.
I admit I am grateful this Sunday for Grandma Greta.
It was four years ago today that I met up with the graying gal at a holiday adoption event. The shaking four pounder ran away from me, and the store Santa, hiding out beneath feathered red and green Christmas cat toys.
I finally lured her out an hour later with a candy cane raw hide.
Greta was yipping in laughter as she recounted the story to her brother Tuck, the terrier, this morning. She was trying to console him after the vet pronounced that Tuck has now joined the ranks of my senior canine clan and is eligible for his own senior discount.
Tuck was not at all amused.
So Greta then offered Tuck her tried and true tips on aging from the perspective of her 100 plus dog years, barking them off loudly so he’d listen:
1. Naps are bliss. Like a zen moment, they’ll help you find your joy.
2. When life gets too stressful, just ‘shake it off’, or…
3. Pull a blanket over your head, or…
4. Twirl like crazy, while you still can. (Wearing a tutu, of course, or a maybe a tie).
5. You’re never too old to wear pink, or baby blue.
6. Keep traveling to new destinations, be it below the toy rack at the pet store, or chasing even smaller critters in a canyon.
7. Keep strutting your stuff. It’s all in that attitude.
8. Shriek, sing or howl at least once a day. Just to be heard, and because you have something to say.
9. If you bat those gray eyelashes, you’re sure to get a treat at the Golden Arches’s drive thru.
10. Always snuggle with family or friends as much as you can. You’ll stay warmer, especially in your heart.
And you’ll be forever grateful.
Upon hearing that last tip, Tuck jumped right up on the couch next to Greta and gave her a big sloppy kiss on the nose.