I have a senior dog. Her name is Spectre, and she’s a 10-year-old Boxer. She’s funny and sweet; sometimes she’s as playful as when she was in her prime. Most times, though, she likes to sleep and cuddle—which is absolutely fine. She’s earned her rest and her snuggles. There’s another side to my senior dog, though. That side is cranky and arthritic and stinky. Spectre limps. She snaps at the other dogs if they bother her. She has bad breath, she passes gas almost constantly, and her mouth smells like a trash can.
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