He just isn't always with us anymore...off in his land of unicorns and rainbows I suppose. All the other dogs just ignore him...he used to be the alpha man on campus...not anymore...the puppy he helped raise (Zip) has taken over, as alpha and as his protector.
He was THE best puppy raiser..and now with the addition of the two girls, he has passed that torch on as well, preferring to not deal with the girls. He did a great job of raising Zip :) Zip's first time meeting Acer :) It was love at first site.
They were inseparable...best friends. And now I see them drifting apart...he sleeps more and more, is less active and she is in her prime...She will still sleep with him like this...she protects him, keeps the other dogs from bumping into him and in general takes care of the old man... Getting old sucks, what is worse is watching someone get older. Ace is the first dog I have ever had a working relationship with...which is much more than just a "pet dog" relationship...all the highs, all the lows...you share together.
We are trying to enjoy all the moments Ace gives us, all the fun times, all the running through screen doors...all the memories. He is after all the original, and the best :)
Here's to many many more years with you Acer pup!