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This article was updated on April 5th, 2018

This is our “grandma” dog, Ruby. She is a 16 year old Jack Russell terrier.

Her eyesight is failing BUT she still watches TV and jumps at images of dogs, kids or balls being thrown.

She’s nearly totally deaf. Deafness has been a bit of a blessing during our Midwest thunder storms. She used to suffer during them and now is oblivious to them!

She is having many of the symptoms mentioned on this website and I appreciate the helpful advice given. She is precious to us. The addition of another young dog to our household has been a boost to her energy level and happiness.

Would love to see more pics of oldies here.

Oh my, Ruby is a cutie – I can see why she is so precious to you.

It’s good to see a silver lining in at least one of the ‘golden oldie’ health issues, ie Ruby is no longer scared of the thunderstorms she can’t hear.

We have some monster storms in our area too and our bulldogge is terrified of them. She is our weather-announcer because she goes and hides well before the storm reaches us!

I’m happy my website has helped you understand what Ruby is experiencing and I too would LOVE to see some more golden oldies in this gallery 🙂

Thanks so much for sharing your precious girl <3

~ Sue from


  • Dr. Winnie, Veterinarian

    Dr. Winnie earned a Master in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria's Veterinary School. She is a full-time Veterinarian specializing in internal medicine for companion animals.

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  1. I’m so sorry to hear that Ruby has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, but it seems she lived her life to the fullest and enjoyed every moment.

    I recently lost my senior Rottweiler and know the pain you’re feeling. I also know the blessing of another furry friend to help ease some of that pain and help fill up the hole in your heart.

    My sympathy to you all, and God Bless.

  2. We lost Ruby on Dec 8, 2015 at age 16 yrs + 4 mos old. She rapidly declined over just a 2 day period and we made the painful decision to euthanize her. She was well loved and we miss her every day. I’m so glad to have the comfort of the younger dog we added to our ‘pack’ a couple of years ago.

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