Toothpaste, Toothbrush, and a Little Time

By: Mary Rita Sandoval

Our family has been blessed with the presence of our dear Rosie, a beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, for almost 16 years. In those years I’ve become a true believer that by brushing her teeth every evening I have lengthened her life by almost a decade!

Rosie is a sweet, friendly dog who hardly ever barks. My husband, Richard, and I got Rosie for our daughter, Katie, who was 13 at the time. Katie is now 29 and Rosie will be 16 in February!

Rosie has slowed down a little over the years, and she no longer jumps up onto chairs, but other than these minor changes, she is remarkably youthful. She still enjoys a little exercise each day. She is our constant companion, so gentle with our granddaughter and always sitting in her rightful place – right next to us on the couch. Dr. Earley says she’s a wonder dog! I call her Queen Rosie, the Grand Dame Cavalier of Animal Hospital of North Asheville!

I’m so glad I’ve done my part regarding her oral hygiene by brushing her teeth with her favorite poultry-flavored toothpaste. I truly believe brushing her teeth has helped her in many, many ways. She has remained healthy and has blessed our lives for so long with true and loyal companionship. Rosie has never had unhealthy gums or unpleasant breath at her geriatric age; sometimes I still can’t believe that our sweet girl is over 105 in human years!

It only takes a few attentive minutes each day to brush your dog’s teeth. I promise you, it’s one of the best gifts you can give them as well as a BIG hug!