Today is our mini dachshund's 12th birthday. You know how we have a tendency to show the most flattering photos of ourselves and it's always a glam head shot or such. Well, it's no different for our sweet little Pretzel. She's 12 and has had some very hard years recently. About 5 years ago, she was diagnosed with SARD - Sudden Acute Retinal Degeneration - rendering her blind. This came as such a blow to us, but she soldiered on and has gotten on amazingly well, although we do not take her out of the house very often. Then, within the past 3 years, she's contracted enough affliction to need to be on prednisone. Now if you've ever been on this nasty stuff, you'll know that it isn't nice to your body. It makes her ravenous and she was always hungry anyway because she's a hound and lives for food. Her once beautiful body has become bloated, she's lost all of her whiskers and eyelashes, and where they've had to shave to put in for blood tests, the hair has not grown back. So this glam shot of her isn't what she looks like today, but we continue to love her and are trying to help her celebrate her twelve years. Happy birthday, darlin'.