Completely loyal and everyone's best friend she'll follow us around the yard while we shovel, or mow and drop balls by our feet, begging us to play. She's such a good girl and drops the ball off at the door on her way in. Sometimes she holds the ball in her mouth and looks at me with those big brown eyes. Every now and then she's managed to sneak it in.
Stephanie took this photo of her - looking down at her by our back door. She barks once, waits and then barks again. I noticed the older she gets and the colder it gets outside the less time between her barks. She prefers to be wherever we are, even to the point of constantly being underfoot.
Camping is one of her favorite things to do. Once we start packing the camper we have to watch carefully because she will run out the door and slip into the car and WILL NOT get out. One time I had to go and find the choke collar and leash and literally drag her out. I'm sure that was one sight for the neighbors!
Well, Hope has had the grey hair which up until now is about all that has been giving her age away. She's going to be 12 this March. She'll still play catch with you until YOU give up, follow me around the house all day, even though she'd rather nap, and I wouldn't mind if she did that. She barks like mad when someone she knows is coming in the house, and growls if the neighbors leave late at night. The one thing I've noticed is she's a bit slower to rise after resting, and today for the first time I saw her actually trip on the front stair. We have a little two step right when you come in and it gets most healthy adults, but I've never noticed her trip on anything before. It kinda made me sad.
I'll continue to throw the ball for her and play with her as long as she wants. After all, she is the only other living being around this house that WILLINGLY cleans up - even if it is just the floor!