Zac is 11 today. I cannot believe he is 11. People are often shocked that he is 11.
He is pretty good for his age, as we live in a huge steep hill and he runs up and down it every time someone arrives at our house, his heart is strong.
When he wakes from his many naps in the sun , he is a bit stiff and slow, he is going deaf and we know he has lost a bit of his eye sight, but he is still spritely.
He will chase a ball until he is panting so hard that I think he is going to have a heart attack.
He is clever, he remembers a ball/ stick thrower for years. He has learnt when people arrive if you are waiting with a ball of stick and you drop it inside their car they will pick it up every time and throw it.
He first dropped a ball in Busys lap when she was 2 weeks old- she started throwing it ( dropping it) at about 5 months old.
He is patient and tolerant of children and other dogs.
He loves Busy and she loves him, she loves nothing more than him falling asleep with his head on her lap.
he loves it when we dress him up- he gets very excited!
He knows when I am sad and he looks at me with his head on the side with a look of such genuine concern that only other dog owners can understand.
He can make me feel better, when sometimes nothing else can.
When you scratch him under the chin, he puts his paw up to push your hand down to his chest where likes scratches and rubs best of all.
He drives me crazy sometimes with his constant need to be under my feet and he does the most horrific whizpoppers you have ever smelt, honestly, I have no hair left on the inside of my nostrils.
The last big sigh he makes before he goes to sleep at night is one of my favourite sounds.
The middle of the night chchchchchch ( his nails on the wooden floor) down the hallway sound as he creeps into our room and lays on the floor beside me.
He has the ability to hear a chip packet open from several acres away.
He has a love of dairy- cream in particular, like I have never seen before.
He still gets scared during storms.
I could not imagne my life without him.
Happy Birthday Zac. We all love you so.
( Zac ate three pieces of this cake, had 2 lamb shanks for dinner and new toys to play with)