Biggles has slowed in is old age

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 13 May 2013 | 5 Comments


Just a quick update about Biggles - a German Shepherd cross we adopted back in early 2006.


He is now 15-ish and has slowed down quite a lot, but is still our pride and joy. He has become very wobbly on his feet in the past few months, and this combined with a worsening heart condition (he is on medication) means one walk around the block a day is more than sufficient. He is happy to spend the rest of the day sound asleep.

Biggles was known for howling at sirens, but he is a tad deaf these days and doesn't hear them any more. Although it was annoying to have a dog howling in your ear at 3am, you do come to miss the sing along with sirens when they don't happen anymore.

He is still not dog social, and no matter how puffed he looks on our walks, he will still manage an explosion of energy if he spots another dog (or something that might be a dog - this morning it was a garden pot!). It has certainly been a challenge to take home a dog who isn't dog social, but the devotion and loyalty we have had in return far outweighs the downsides.



I've attached a couple of recent photos for you - please feel free to share them with others on the website or facebook. The first is him doing what he does best, the second was taken on a recent holiday to Horrocks Beach. He still manages to turn heads even now - people often comment on his appearance (my favourite to date was a cyclist who commented "Dude, that dog is a FOX").


Thank you for looking after him for us all those years ago - I'm sure we will be back when the time comes.

Rowena, Frank and Biggles - Hilton

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  • This is a happy story Rowena and Frank - he looks great and very comfortable.

    Posted by Linda Mort, 21/05/2013 6:29pm (5 years ago)

  • What a beautiful story. You need to be so patient especially with a dog with 'issues' but you seem to be taking it all in your stride.
    What a lucky boy he is to have such a blessed life - loved the cyclist's comment!

    Posted by Kim Crawford , 16/05/2013 9:53pm (5 years ago)

  • To Rowena Frank & Biggles, Loved your story. I too have a "non social" rescue dog. It can be hard when trying to do normal activities with these dogs. But you are 100% correct their love far outweighs the problems other humans have caused.
    Best wishes - Jane

    Posted by Jane, 14/05/2013 1:40pm (5 years ago)

  • Your sharing is awesome!!! =)

    Posted by Johnson, 14/05/2013 11:30am (5 years ago)

  • Lovely story,what wonderful people you must be to show so much patience with a dog who doesn't like other dogs, my dog is a little picky as well.i think dogs eyesight is strange as sometimes my dog mistakes posts, stumps and bushes for other dogs,so funny.

    Posted by Dot , 13/05/2013 7:04pm (5 years ago)

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