Simon the giant poodle went to the vet the other day. I always feel like I’m holding my breath waiting for the results of his blood tests. Maybe it’s because we’ve lost two dogs in the past few years but I think once your furry friend gets up over 12 years old anything can happen. Simon was 12 in March. I am pleased and really relieved to report that everything was fine. He’s been given a clean bill of health and is free to participate in all his usual activities like napping and counter surfing. He may have senior citizen dog status but he still acts like a teenager.