Unlike most of us humans, animals seem to age gracefully and with a certain charm that makes them even more endearing.
The white hair that we spend so much time trying to cover up, and carries its own stigma, only adds to the charm of a sweet old soul as it grows upon its muzzle. The glaze that slowly takes over their eyes makes us want to protect them even more as they look to us for help. The purrs and meows that can be heard two rooms away make us smile because we know that they are still trying to communicate even though they cannot hear themselves do so. The slower walks, the longer naps, the lumps and bumps and finickier stomachs.
They say that with age comes wisdom, so I can only imagine what the animals of our world must know when it is their time to leave..