Yesterday I took my cat Phoebe to the vet for her rabies vaccine, and the vet gave me the option of a 1-yr shot or a 3-yr shot. I picked the 3-yr. The vet noted from Phoebe’s file that she’s 16, and complimented me on my optimistic outlook. It made me sad to think that it will be an extraordinary thing if the old girl (Phoebe, not the vet) is still around in 3 years.
This also brought to mind an episode of M*A*S*H* where Henry Blake received a box full of check stubs from his wife along with a request that he balance the checkbook. He told Radar that there was a vet bill for $90 (or some such amount), and pondered "what could she have done for a 15-yr old cat, given it a facelift?" What's the longest living or oldest pet you've ever had?