How my Dog Lived to 17 Years Old

There are few things that helped my dog, Franny,  live to 17 years old.

Franny came into my family when I was 19.  She was discovered on the Haight St in San Francisco.  She stated her life with a couple living in a VW van with her mom and dad.  The couple just  had a new born baby and there was no room for Franny.   The couple sat on the street with Franny in a box that said “Free to a Good Home”.   They could only fit five comfortably in the van.  She was 8 weeks old. My boyfriend gave me Franny for Valentine’s day.

This is a picture of Franny at my wedding

The food she ate was the most important decision I made. Most dogs die of cancer and I believe that is directly connected to the food dogs eat.

I chose no fillers – no chemicals – no artificial ingredients.

In the 1990’s there were only three companies who made this type of dog food:

I chose Canidae Dry Dog Food

Amazon has a great Price: $35.99 for a 30 pound bad with free delivery

My next dog, Scooby,  was present from my dad.  He is 16 years old and going strong.   I still use Canidae dog food but I have added Fish Oil Pills.

There is a trick – YOU HAVE TO FREEZE THE PILLS.  You dogs will love them like candy.  No fishy dog breathe when you freeze the pills and no mess.

I like these pills Kirkland Signature Natural Fish Oil Concentrate with Omega-3 Fatty Acids – 400 Softgels

Amazon’s price is $13.59

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If you click on the links it will take you to Amazon.  This is where I purchase my dog food and supplies.  It saves me tons of money.



20 thoughts on “How my Dog Lived to 17 Years Old”

  1. Good post, I agree that the food is so important. Nice tip to freeze the pills, thank you!

  2. I agree. All natural food is best – not only for our pets but for us. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Great post! Doggy nutrition is so important! I linked to this article in my dog nutrition post. Hope you don’t mind. Great tip about freezing the pills by the way! Hadn’t thought of that.

  4. I agree. My aunt fed her dog nothing but home-made organic foods and her dog lived to 20 years of age! Of course, it also helped that they lived on a farm and the dog breathed fresh, clean air every day. Thanks so much for the food recommendations, I’ll be checking these out.

    • If you would like to know the other two brands just let me know. Today there are so many new dog foods and a lot of the big companies make food under different labels so it is hard to tell the good from the bad. 20 is GREAT. I hope my 16 year old makes it to at least 18.

  5. My first dog lived until he was 17 years. As my parents bought him a year before I was born, you can imagine my sense of loss when he died when I was 16. We lived in the country and I guess he ate well. My great grandfather was a butcher so we did things like fattening pigs in the garden – very low food miles! He must have had a lot to put up with from me especially when I was a toddler/ youngster and he was the nearest thing we had to a horse I could ride!

  6. My dog eats the fish oil pills like candy without freezing them – I got the smelly ones for her!

  7. Our Border Collie/ setter mix lived to be 17 too! She ate Pedigree, with a half can of green beans or carrots for the last 4 years… so it might not be ONLY the food… xx

  8. BoBo, another Scottish Terrier, lived ’til he was 16. A long life of pizza eating, mail devouring and loving! His mother was malnourished and he was abused before he came to live with my peeps (before me). He came from a puppy mill.

    Aroooo! Stuart

  9. Thank you for the great information! I made note and will check it out! 🙂

  10. I love dogs! I have a dachshund/chihuahua and a west highland terrier. Two small dogs with very different personalities!

  11. I agree… my Golden lived to be 18.5 and was still running around but had to be put down as renal failure was evident. I picked her out at 6wks, took her home at 8wks and spent a total of 348.00 on her her whole life. Home made meals, natural when I had to purchase, no vaccinations that were not absolutely needed, lots of exercise and reiki and massage when needed.

  12. We just switched from a purina product to blue wilderness. I think it’s already made a difference in our little dogs itchy skin!

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  13. After my second Rottie got cancer, I learned a lot about dog food. No cheap, mass-produced junk for my dogs! I give my dogs a mixture of two dry dog foods: Active Care and Healthwise. Active Care has glucosomine in it. My Aussie, Scout, is 12 and you wouldn’t know it if you saw her. Healthwise is easy on the stomach. My Rottie, Summer, burbs and toots when she has bad food (like her mommy!).

  14. Love it! I’ve started feeding my dogs Blue Buffalo and then switched to 4Health by Tractor Supply. I’m sure its not as good as Blue Buffalo but still leaps and bounds above most others (Science Diet I’m looking at you). Anyway, I’ve been looking in to starting the B.A.R.F. diet. Any thoughts?

  15. My dog is now 17.He only eats organic foods. He still has a quality of life

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