*if, like me, you are a fan of the dog whisperer, you know daddy, the elderly pit bull who heads up cesar millan's pack of reformed, "balanced" dogs. he is a calm, wise, old guy. i am feeling a little weepy after reading about how cesar deals with daddy's aging (he's fourteen):
Daddy has been my kids' grandpa. He helped me raise them. We don't share much about the whole passing away thing. Right now, we're doing some Dog Whisperer segments about letting go. It's hard to hear, because you have to come to reality. To see someone as amazing as Daddy grow old - it's painful just to think about it. But I don't want to share that around him, because he's going to think, 'What are you worried about? I'm not gone yet!' But as humans, we anticipate things, and we get emotional at the wrong time. Of course, dogs have emotions, but they don't get emotional prior to the occasion. So I won't do it in front of him.
*i apologize for all the commas in this paragraph! i don't quite know what happened there.