Okay I know I am overreacting. But Arwen is about to turn nine and every time I think about it I cry.
She was the most standoff, not very affection (wanted to have her back/above tail rubbed but you weren't rubbing, she moved far away) until we got Cara. Her personality change this last 15 mos is unreal. My daughter says pod people got her, it is that dramatic. So now I have this affectionate creature whom I loved but you know, never ever bonded with before. And now I adore her and I keep thinking of the wasted years that she got care but not adoration. I doubt she knew.
Understand that with Rotties, most are dead by 10. We tell owners if they get to 8 without cancer, it's good. Make it to 10, bless every day. Old rotties are so rare they are doing a study on those who make it to 13! So for me, I know that 9 really isn't ancient for a Basenji, but it feels old.
Realistically, how long do most live? She has CUPS, which means low dose steroids (which the vet said is good since CUPS means an autoimmune issue in general is probably behind it so the low dose helps keep it all at bay); and she usually flares up gum areas and needs antibiotics every few months. But otherwise, very healthy. Of course, I lost Sayblee before she turned 8 to lymphoma and Arwen is a double niece (half siblings)– so I worry about that too.
I know the old saying, you can't keep trouble away but you don't have to give it a chair to sit on. I think I have created it's own bedroom, lol.