Pull Out the Calculator?

I have not posted in a while as I have been busy managing humans. It takes most of my energy these days, between staying on guard against marauding kitties and suspicious delivery drivers.

The other day I was having a little slowness getting from the floor to my vantage spot at the front window and my two humans looked at each other and the female human said: “You know we adopted Sassy from rescue when she was 8.5 years old and we have had her for 5 years, so she is approximately 13.5 now.”

My male human replied: “That would make her like 91 years old”. My female human gasped and said, “well she is doing pretty well for 91 years old”.

I was wondering how my male human came up with this number. I had heard that humans use a factor of 7 people years for every year of a dog’s life. So 13.5 x 7 = 94.5 (I instructed my female human to use a calculator to get this number).

I asked my female human to check if this was accurate and she found an article on the American Kennel Club’s website – How to Calculate Dog Years to Human Years.

And it states:
As a general guideline, though, the American Veterinary Medical Association breaks it down like this:

  • 15 human years equals the first year of a medium-sized dog’s life.
  • Year two for a dog equals about nine years for a human.
  • And after that, each human year would be approximately five years for a dog.

Using the above info my age would be calculated as 15 + 9 + (11.5 x 5) = 81.5 years old in human years!

See I am not that old after all! Silly humans just using 7 years for the estimate, good thing  I insisted they do further research! This is why I can still easily go on my 2 mile walk with my humans each morning.

Let me close this post with a photo of my adopted brother Mike and I keeping watch for the marauding kitties and suspicious delivery drivers infesting the neighborhood:

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Feature photo credit: Paige Foster, free images.com

 

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5 thoughts on “Pull Out the Calculator?

  1. Gray Barn Designs says:

    Dear Sassy,
    Managing humans is indeed a full time job and I can see why you might be exhausted by this management responsibility. Thank you so much for clarifying the mathematical calculations associated with canine age. I am going to nominate you for a Nobel prize once I figure out how the nomination process works. AND please remain at your post for those nasty kitties and delivery people, they are very bark-worthy!
    Much love,
    Sadie Sue

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    • tierneycreates says:

      Dear Sadie Sue,
      I read your comment to my humans and for some reason they started laughing quite loudly. I am not sure why they are laughing but thank you for considering me for the Nobel Peace Prize, I agree my contributions are noteworthy (or at least a handful of homemade dog biscuits worthy). Thanks for reading – and we will continue to fight the good fight – woof!

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