My dog Smitten is in her old age. She has slowed down considerably, she can no longer do the miles of walking we once loved. Instead she has taught me how to go slow, to take time with her as we make our way to the park. We saw a little puppy the other day and she refused to even look at the young dog. It was so frantic and bouncy, exactly what my grand old girl would run from now, if running was still an option.