Half birthdays as milestones only apply to the very young and the impressively old. Leo is 14 1/2 today. And while we’re unwilling to say that he’s old (we say older), we’re aware of our good luck–the life expectancy of a Labrador is 12.
Leo, healthy, happy and hungry, offers his secrets for his longevity: good genes, swimming, retrieving over land and in water, lots of sleep, Ryder, Blue Buffalo, sharing whatever we’re eating and a daily glass of a good Côtes du Rhône (I made that part up).
Happy half birthday, beloved Schmoo, and borrowing from a chant that I wish were applicable in 2016’s political season (I miss President Obama already), four more years.