Patrick, I also have a lab, 14 years old hips are bad and one elbow is shot but still gets up in the mornings and wants breakfast, we go for long walks but don’t go very far, he sniffs every blade of grass and bush, be nice if he saw another spring.
I can relate. They definitely become a family member. Yeah, she had congestive heart failure, could barely see, amongst other things. I didn’t even know dogs could get congetive heart failure until we found out she had it. Which explained why she was ALWAYS panting (near the end).