For some reason I dug out my Sony camera the other day and started snapping pictures of Chester. I tried to sell this camera at one time because it simply did not have the zoom that I wanted for my trip to South Africa, but no one wanted to pay anything close to its value, so I kept it. It actually takes better quality pictures than my Nikon – its only problem was the lack of zoom. Now I’m sorry I didn’t make more use of it on my trip because it takes good low-light pictures which I really could have used on my early morning and evening drives in Kruger and Sabi Sands.
These pictures of sleepy Chester were taken in very low light without a flash during the evening, and the ones on the couch had to be zoomed a fair amount to take them from my computer desk.
Chester is 11 years old now. He will be 12 at the beginning of May. It has been 2 1/2 years since his last seizure which was just 2 weeks before I left for South Africa. He had gone for 4 months without any before that one and I remember frantically phoning the vet to see if we would have to adjust his meds again. I sure didn’t want to adjust so close to my departure date and also didn’t want my daughter to have to deal with the seizures while I was gone. The vet reassured me that once every 4 months was not a bad thing and chances are that he wouldn’t have another one for another 4 months.
Being a senior citizen, he does sleep more than he used to – but he also loves to play with his toys and go for our walks. He is getting a bit deaf but I’ve had deaf dogs before and made sure he learned the basic hand signals for normal commands when he was young. As long as I can get his attention, he is usually happy to follow instructions. Of course, if he is busy barking at the dog next door, it is hard to get his attention. He is not completely deaf, but his hearing is certainly not what it used to be.