My dog Katie turned 18 this week. Every year we say, “This is probably her last birthday” but here we are again. She’s missing an eye, nearly all her teeth, and her hearing. She has trouble getting around and cannot manage even a single stair.

But, she’s happy and seems to enjoy living so we’re thankful for that. This year, we took her out for some ice cream to celebrate. She loves ice cream.

Jess and Katie. Katie's 18th Birthday. Nikon F3.

Jess and Katie ordering ice cream for Katie's 18th Birthday. Nikon F3.

Jess and Katie. Katie's 18th Birthday.

Jess and Katie. Nikon F3

Jess and Katie. Katie's 18th Birthday.

Jess and Katie reviewing the selfies. Nikon F3

Jess and Katie. Katie's 18th Birthday.

Katie enjoys her ice cream. Nikon F3