a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: The Oldest Dog

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Oldest Dog

SUMMARY: Twelve.
It has finally happened. The statistics are out for the SMART USDAA trial coming a week from now. One hundred and eighty-one dogs are entered. When counted by age, the oldest age group is 12 years old. There's only one dog in that group.

Oh, Tika. Sigh.

Oh, and there's only one Craussie, too. Tika sure is unique.

(Key for those not familiar with dog-breed abbreviations: BC/Border Collie. JRT/Jack Russell Terrier. Terv/Belgian Tervuren. Aussie/Australian Shepherd. Sheltie/Shetland Sheepdog. ADC/Australian Cattle Dog. Beardie/Bearded Collie. Pyr Shep/Pyrenean Shepherd. DSFarmdog/Danish-Swedish Farmdog (yes it's a real breed).  GSD: German Shepherd Dog. PWD: Pembroke Welsh Corgi.)


  1. She's the grand dame of dogs.

  2. That she can still run agility at 12 is pretty amazing.

  3. I am entering her in only one run a day, and I'm trying to take it easy with her because of her heart condition. SHE doesn't think that she has a heart condition and seemed to want to run, so we'll do one a day. I did that with Jake when he actually got pissed off when I wouldn't run him.

  4. I'm glad to see that Tika is still running. Good job managing her health so she can still play a bit. -GordonGirls.livejournal.com

    1. Thanks, although my dogs are either pretty much healthy or not. We exercise and play and hike and I make sure that they don't get overweight, see the vet regularly... I think genetics must have something to do with it, as they get older particularly.