Ava still has the energy of a puppy. She’s slim, trim, fast, and excitable. Given her breed mix and her condition, Furrydoc says not to be surprised if she lives to be 20 — and I’ll be happy if she does, as long as she’s healthy and content.
So, until the other day when I was searching for a photo to use on Patreon, I totally failed to notice this:
Ava at 19 months, April 2007
Ava at 12 years, October 2017
Several years ago a visitor commented on the whiteness of her muzzle and I said, “Oh, that’s just her natural coloring.” The white didn’t creep up in the traditional way it does with golden retrievers or black labs. Ava always had a lot of white on her, including on her face. But there “a lot of white” and there’s “a lot of white.” And I missed the transition from one to the other.
Oh my. What happened to my wild puppy?