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12/10/2008

A Bolt To The System

It's hard having old pets. I know some of you who stop by here from time to time understand that from experience. You either have or have had senior animals. Just like with people, diseases and infirmities come with old age. Since most of our critters have relatively short life spans, it can seem to hit all of a sudden. Granted, an old dog (or whatever) with a few issues, but good quality of life, certainly beats the inevitable alternative.

Almost four years ago, Cosette, now 16, had major surgery for breast cancer. She came through brilliantly and is aging graefully. Sure, she's deaf as can be, sleeps quite a bit, and has some creaky joints, but when she's awake, she's pretty perky. Especially if you have food that she wants. And there there is Little Guy. There was an update recently about some of what he is going through. It seems to be hitting him hard and quick.

When the movie Bolt first came onto my radar, I got really excited. I saw the trailer in front of Wall-E initially. O.M.G. Not only was a movie coming out with an adorable doggie as the star, but one of his sidekicks was…a HAMSTER. O.M.G. In the time between seeing that and the movie opening, I had a lot of inquiries about how excited I must be to see a movie with a HAMSTER!!! O.M.G…a HAMSTER!!!

[insert sound of loud, cartoony brakes here]

Um, yeah. I had intended this to be more of a review of Bolt. I really loved the movie. Yes, Rhino, the hamster was cute and very funny, but it was Bolt who got to me. He reminds me of my Little Guy and watching the cute cartoon canine leap and run around on the screen made me a little sad. I'm sure I'm one of the only people who shed several tears during the film. Not only is Little Guy small, nearly white, and snouty with pointy ears like Bolt, but he's spunky and incredibly loyal too. Every morning when I get out of the shower, Guy is lying right outside of the bedroom door waiting for me. We have a special bond, just like Bolt and his girl Penny.

I'm doing what I can to help Little Guy, and all my pets, live good lives. For now I'll even refrain from shaving a little lightening bolt into Guy's side.

Only Bolt Merch @ Disneyland

The only Bolt merchandise we found at Disneyland. When I took this photo, I didn't even realize my own Little "Bolt" Guy snuck into it!

9 comments:

TiggerLarue said...

It's hard. At 15 Gabby is quite spry, she sleeps a ton but is only selectively deaf. Just every once in a while a slow step here or a little whimper when jumping up on the couch to remind me that she's no longer the young dog she once was.

Caveman said...

I really wanted to see it, but because certain money issues I'm stuck watching the trailer on Youtube for the 8 hundredth time...

Aggie said...

I'll keep an eye out for the movie ... how cute is that sneaking into the photo like that.
It is soooo hard to say goodbye eventually, they become so much a part of the family.

ambitious hamster said...

well i wasn't planning on seeing the movie, even with the hamster, but if you say it's good, i'll netflix it...
because hamsters rule. kind of.

Darlene said...

I need to see that movie next. The trailer had me laughing and the lead is just too adorable.

Nanette said...

Every time I see that trailer, I think of YOU!

ren said...

um...you probably shouldn't go away and leave me in charge of the dogs anytime soon...because now i have this idea in my head about shaving a lightening bolt in the side of one or them...or possibly more than one...heh.

the slackmistress said...

It's so hard. But old dogs are the best. And I know you give them abut as perfect a life as any dog could wish for.

madretz said...

i really have to see that movie now. i wanted to before, but now i must. i suspect i will cry too.

Really, just reading your post almost makes me weepy, thinking of sad pups, sad humans, and my senior pet, too.

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