Happy 12th Birthday Tucker!

Tucker is 12 today!

TYou can read his 11th birthday tribute here.

A couple of things have changed for Tucker in the last year–he has lost most of his hearing so his world has become much more visual.  Typical strong-willed Tucker, he doesn’t miss a beat and just keeps wagging his tail and enjoying everyday.


Tucker gave us quite a scare on 12/31/12–his body was riddled with infection.  QAG was out of the country – this was my worst fear–that something would happen to Tucker when QAG wasn’t here to be with him.  Thankfully Tucker’s amazing vet team diagnosed the issue and got him on an aggressive treatment plan.  About 48 hours after starting treatment, Tucker was back to himself.  But not after first enjoying a little TLC from me and Kostas.


We’ve also noticed a change in the relationship between Tucker and Kostas.  They still get at each other about things like tennis balls and food bowls, but there’s a lot more of this going on between them

T and K

T and KThat never would have happened a couple of years ago.

I’m also happy to report that I’ve let a little light into Tucker’s world in the past few months.  In the form of peanut butter.  Just as I never got to have a big wheel or eat sugared cereal as a child (terrible, I know), Tucker grew up in a home where licking dishes in the dishwasher, licking out containers, and helping in the kitchen were not allowed.

The funny thing is that he’s almost worse than Kostas now when it comes to being in the kitchen.  Could it be because in order to get him to take his meds in December/January, I gave them to him doused in peanut butter?


This weekend Tucker will get extra hugs and kisses.  Everyday is a gift with our pups!


Any fun pet stories to share?  Do you allow your pet to clean out containers (yogurt, peanut butter, etc)?

20 responses

  1. Tucker: Thanks for being such a great friend for so many years. You’re the best dog in the world and we love you for loving us unconditionally every day. We’re going to do everything we can to keep you healthy, safe, and happy for as long as possible. We love you pal! QAG

  2. Happy birthday tucker! Such a great dog! Not that I’ve met him, but I can just tell. To many more wonderful years!
    I used to let Minnie lick the pb jar but last week the vet said she was overweight 😦 so no more jars in the near future.

  3. Awwwwwwwwa!! Too sweet!!!!! Love that they are more cuddly now. The dogs get to lick empty pb, but sometimes Pippa just gets some on a spoon because she doesn’t like to get her little prissy face dirty!

  4. ohhhhh Happy Happy Birthday Tucker!! I love puppy birthdays. Yes all my pups get to lick plates and bowls and containers. I’m not sure if that makes me a bad pet mom, but I just can’t say no to those eyes!! They kill me!! 😉

  5. OMG Chloe’s birthday is next week on Valentine’s Day and she’s going to be 12 too!!! I do let her ‘lick’ the spoon once in a while, I mean she too was not allowed scraps etc… ‘growing up’ but she’s only got a few years left so I figure its ok to spoil her once in a while 🙂

  6. That’s so nice seeing the dogs cuddling together. I love watching my dog eat peanut butter. She’s 14 now and still acts like a puppy every once in a while – maybe because of the peanut butter!

  7. awwww, happy birthday tucker!!! i make a way bigger deal out of jake & capone’s birthdays than i do my own. our pups definitely rule our house!

    i can’t believe tucker is 12 though – it doesn’t look like he has grey! capone is only 4 and he’s already getting old man grey hairs on his chin.

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