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The worst thing about owning a dog is that they don’t live as we do.

Having a dog is like signing a contract with sadness—eventually, you’re going to have to say goodbye to a few fur friends in your lifetime. It’s the hardest thing to do. You never get over it, and you never, ever forget them. They’re always part of you.

When they have to go, you’ll know, but sometimes, when you think they’re ready for the Rainbow Bridge, they show you they have a little more love—and life—left to give.

Meet 12 dogs who aren’t quite ready to give up on life.

1. Did someone say vet?

If he keeps walking, maybe it won’t happen.

@beththompson__

Swear he couldn’t move yesterday

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2. A mess but still fabulous.

Show the neighborhood what you’ve got!

@hlysmith

meet lil bit ☺️✨

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3. In her defense, Oreos are delicious.

We’d stick around for those, too.

@shelby6464

#immortal

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4. From Dubai to San Diego and back again.

A pug wil go to the ends of the earth for food.

@nourash69

I’ve been saying goodbye for 5 years now HAHAHAHA #fyp #pug #dog

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5. Euthanasia? Not on her watch!

It’s playtime!

@emilyhobby

Our dog coming home after we thought we were putting her down but she convinced the vet she was good all of a sudden #queen#shit #cheatsdeatheveryday

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6. Old school recipes are the best.

Thanks, Grandma.

@nnatalieaguilar

She was literally about to be put down and my grandma made her some tea and literally received her 💀 SUBstepchallenge #4thOfJuly #HamilFilm #fyp

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7. Keep that water bowl filled.

Don’t worry; he’ll get there.

@leanz_

Debby’s Petland’s best #dogsoftiktok

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8. Just a little exercise.

And—BOOM—back in business!

@jpzzu

he’s immortal #fyp #olddog

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9. Toys and human food?

Getting older has its benefits.

@meggylynch

And she’s the queen of the house #fyp #foryou #dogsoftiktok #SummerOfGaming #KeepingItCute

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10. Who needs a jaw anyway?

We do just fine without it.

@lisapirtle11

true story #fyp

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11. One of those “blue zone” dogs.

So bring on the eats!

@adventuresof2doggos

She’s inmortal❤️🍀 #fyp #fy #dogsoftiktok #olddog #foryoupage #immaboss

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12. The Benjamin Button of doggos.

Walking, but not in the direction of the Bridge.

@gab_goodman

legends never die 😤💯 #Cottagecore #fyp #SUBstepchallenge #SummerVlog #cutedog

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If you can spend time with an older pup, you’ll get so much of it and so will your senior, who can spend his or her last year in a home filled with love.

Do you have an older dog that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon? Let us know in the comments below!