I am often accused by my family of having a 'favorite' dog, and that my 'favorite' dog is Clarice rather than Susie. In fact, I love them both dearly and wouldn't trade either for a million dollars. I took this photo of Susie last July 4 while we were eating brunch on the back deck. She will be 10 years old this fall, a feat our vet says is difficult, as most Dobie's don't live into double digit years. I fuss over her every little bump and stumble watching for anything suspicious. Both my girls get a thorough grooming weekly, including having their teeth brushed and rinsed with disinfectant wash. When we had their teeth cleaned a couple of years ago, the vet said that two years can be added to your dog's life just by keeping their teeth clean (not much different from humans in that regard). I have taken that to heart and for 7 and 9 year old girls, they have very bright smiles. In just a few months time Susie has gotten much more gray around her muzzle and eyebrows and is a bit less playful. But overall, she seems to be doing quite well for a senior citizen!