What your pet's health can tell you about your own
The last time I brought my dog, Pepper, in for her annual exam, the vet raised an eyebrow and double-checked the medical chart. “Same dog?” she asked, clearly surprised that Pepper’s recorded age did not match the glossy-coated ball of fur bouncing four feet off the floor in front of her. At 17, this spaniel-Chihuahua is a poster dog for ultra-longevity, and I’m delighted that she seems to be enjoying life with such gusto. But as I edge into my mid-50s, I must confess that my celebration of Pepper’s good health has sparked a much more selfish thought: Could my longtime companion’s well-being bode well for my own?