Biscuit says thank you! ^,,^
Know of a friend who had a pembroke till he was 15...the doggie was really wel taken care of in terms of exercise and food...food are all quality stuff, freshly cooked each meal!!
As for my max, he's two but I hope he can live till 20!! Can't imagine life when he's gone for good....
I met some people with a corgi that was 20 a couple years ago. He no longer walked and they pulled him around in a wagon. Alas, my Sparty only made it to 13 before the cancer got him.
We lost our first corgi, Arnie, to cancer at age 9. Max will be 11 next month and Katie just turned 9. Katie is one of Max's sister's pups. They are from the Heronsway line. Max's sire is from S. Africa and Katie's is from the UK. I agree with what Dawn said about diet, exercise and such. Granted something unforeseen can take them from us much too early but we give them the best we can to hedge our bets.
Max has a calcification in his neck but acupuncture keeps him being a happy, active corgi. We built a ramp for him to go in and out, we also raised his food/water dishes...yes even for a stumpy legged dog it is recommended and the only time he does stairs is at night when he comes up to bed with me. We found it was harder to keep him downstairs then to allow him that one trip up a day. He is crate trained but has not been crated since we got him at age 5 and with all that was going on with his neck it just made him feel worse...like he had done something wrong.
I wish our 4 legged buddies would like as long as we do. It hurts too much when they leave us.
Pamela, you had quite a blessing there in Biscuit! I'm truly sorry for your loss but what wonderful life of memories and Biscuit was a corgi to the very end which is so wonderful to read.
Our oldest, Moira, turns 16 this year. I can't believe it. And apart from a bout with struvites, she's pretty healthy. She has spinal stenosis, our vet has been astonished at how mobile she is. We give her ground alfalfa flake, tumeric, cranberry and chia seeds with her food. In addition to Moira, Dundee is 13, Tank is 12, Riley is 9, Rainer is 6, Harmony is 6 and Aonghus is 2.
Our very first Corgi, Cameron, is still in the game at 14 1/2. He's had a rough time of it, even though he came from a reputable breeder and has been on only good human grade food...
An autoimmune disorder in his paws, making his nails terribly brittle and painful, a scary case of Leptospirosis before they vaccinated in this area, several toes amputated, cancer (twice in two different paws!), and obviously multiple surgeries.
He is such a good boy though, he is the vet techs' favorite because as much as he hates the vet, he is always compliant. He's always healed rapidly. Over the last year he has been tentatively diagnosed with DM due to losing the ability to use his right back leg, and to some extent his left back leg, but while remaining un-painful. He's pretty much all the way deaf, and we can tell his eyes are getting fuzzier.
But despite all of this, he is a bright, still very smart, happy boy. He's always just accepted whatever obstacles have come his way, and powered cheerfully on. He's traded chasing squirrels and bunnies through the yard with lounging on the deck, barking them away. He does still occasionally motor himself out to the corners of the yard for some extra barking. :)