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Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34099

A friend of mine suggested to start a special (photo)thread about our seniors and I AM ALL FOR IT ! Yes , I love those cute ,cuddly ,clumsy pups , but , oh my , my heart fully opens and I just melt when I meet a senior deerhound . Lucky as I am , I currently live with 3 of them (+ young Hermione )- I can not believe how much I love them and am all over in awe of the senior deerhounds . It is so wonderful how they stay so youthful and how much they keep changing physically every year , manes becoming ever more impressive , eyes becoming ever more expressive and touching , what huge treasures and enrichment they are in our lifes . Before I 'll be all teary eyed I will just start by posting a few pics in honour of my current - and past - seniors - none of them " ancient " as I haven't been long enough in the breed , still, wise old/aging hounds they are.
First we do have Mawu ( to the left , will be a senior soon ) and then Na'lee on the right ( she is going onto 9.5 years ) - they were posing so nicely the other day , having been friends all their lifes.Mawu still the most determined huntress and , when running in the distance with young Hermione I often can not determine who is who , both so playful ,fast and agile and fun.

Here a portrait of sweet , sweet Na'lee - wisened older girl and yet happy to go on our daily 2 hour walks and play with everyone and also all by herself , with the " I throw my own toy and jump for it " trick , usually pine cones and whatever else she finds in the bush , astonishing amounts of single shoes or gloves , a favourite from puppyhood onwards - and a pic taken a few minuts later , it is her " flying " past those other ones ....
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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34100

And here comes my 3rd and also younger senior (Chapeltower) Disa , 7years - just having come back from a nice coyote chase and so intensely staring and listening , ready to right away go again and looking all "racy ".


Next pic shows my 3 oldies cornering Hermione( center , 3years ) and just "playing her to death ", yep , oldies still have it ....and then the 3 gals alerting to wildlife and showing very impressive " ear stunts" , shortly before taking off into the bush .

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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34101

And finally , last but by no means least , my very first senior , Mahak , didn't get to live much past 8 years of age , but a fun filled oldie she was - hiking and hunting and playing with the best of them until 2 days before she went over the bridge ...
Here at a lure course trial with 7 years of age and then a portrait and another pic taken just after her 8th birthday , what a great little girl , miss her every day ....


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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34102

Thanks Verena for open this thread, your warm words and for post of the very nice pictures from your senior Deerhounds.

Have all a very nice weekend.

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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34104

Thanks Joerg , I really hope that lots of pics of grand old deerhounds make it on to this thread ! They are just wonderful - I think , I have another one , belonging to a friend , will try and find her pics , she is about 11 on them .
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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34114

Thanks Verena - what brilliant photos and great dogs.

Here's further senior photo this time in Fife Scotland of Jamie (Cusidh Grain). He was 10 years old then and always enjoyed his trips to the seaside.

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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34121

He is gorgeous ! And , isn't it surprising just how big and long their tongues are ?

More seniors please !
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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34138

Love these senior deerhounds! Here's my favourite of my dear Stalker (Dianras Path to Karma) taken on his 8th birthday.
He went over the bridge last June, a month shy of his 10th birthday. How I miss his peaceful, steadying presence and most
of all his generous heart. XO


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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34139









Here's Stalker again, fresh from the bath, before his comb out! His heart lasted another month
before it gave out. Sweet boy.
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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34143

Hello Elise and Shelley,

Thanks for post the very nice pictures of the Senior Deerhounds.

I enjoy the look of this pics.


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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34147

What lovely oldies :kiss: keep those pictures coming :laugh:

My Mrs T is about 7 ish, but shes not a 'proper' deerhound so she doesnt count :laugh:
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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34150

This was my Flora, who died aged 10 1/2, too young for my liking, and I will always miss her....

I would be interested in the oldest deerhound we have had? I knew of one that was eleven, any older?? They are so lovely when they are old. :)
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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34167

This is a pic of Gr. Ch. Jacobite Ragamuffin ( Rags ) just before her 12th birthday.






She died just after her 12th birthday ( actually PTS ) after having been fit and healthy right up til then.
Never had to go to the vet for any illness til the last.
We loved her, still do....

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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34168

Another pic of Rags, a "bit" of a scruffy article this time...... she LOVED her runs off-lead right up to a week or so before the end.
Yes, she did slow down, but not very much.






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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34169

Such great photographs of senior hounds. It is good to see them as well as the puppies.

This is our girl Tara (Stainlonan Crumlin Among Arrachogaidh) on her 8th Birthday on 8th May this year.

Often looks as if she has been dragged through a hedge backwards but still scrubs up well...... dh:)
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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34174

Ohmy gosh , I just LOVE them ! Keep the pics coming ...
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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34183

Our Ellie (Killoeter Ellie) after her 10th birthday
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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34186

Hello,

Thanks all for the very nice pics of the senior Deerhounds.
Old dogs are wonderfully. Our oldest dog (not a Deerhound) was 14 years old.

Killoeter Ellie is the great grandmother from Yoki's new sister.

Have all a very nice weekend.

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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34216

Today we celebrated the 13th birthday of Nancy and Bill Logan's Ch. Pennants Ghost (Ch. Fernhill's Turbulent Indigo X Ch. Fernhill's Encore). The silver haired Grand Dame provided the usual Deerhound response to her admiring crowd, the hundred pipers piping, the banners waving and celebratory fireworks....she woke up long enough to greet the guests, go for a walk, enjoy the birthday gifts...best was the goat milk cheddar cheese and cookies... then she went back to asleep. She ignored the Probiotics for geriatrics which was my thoughtful gift, and I was a wee bit embarrassed about this offering as she didn't look as if she needed any and clearly has a cast iron constitution. She is quite wonderful, still walks a mile or so daily taken as three sometimes four separate walks. While she is slowing down as she has thrived on 3+ miles daily until hitting the double digit age, she still gets up and down unassisted and loves her meals! Enjoy photos of this new "teenager"..
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Re: Celebrating Senior Deerhounds 6 years 5 months ago #34217

This is Ghost enjoying her cheddar cheese treats.
I hope she enjoys many more birthdays! ~Barb
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