He was absolutely one of the sweetest and smartest dogs that we've ever had. We knew from the start that he was a gift and that we couldn't control the amount of time that we would be granted with him. Because he had lived in a breeder's kennel for 12 years and his surrendering owners had said that he was14 (he turned out to be 12 from his AKC paperwork), we adopted him so that he would have a loving forever home and we had the wishful goal of his reaching his 14 birthday. With great vet support from the Lodi Veterinary Clinic, he celebrated his 14th birthday last week on January 22nd. He was healthy and happy up until this past week. I guess you can't ask for more than that.