Life is long. Too long. And the ending is hard to watch, tedious to experience and empty. My grandparents retired in their 50s, moved south and have done virtually nothing for the past 30 years. No computers, no smart phones, living in the same house with few if any changes. All that changes is that each decade they get another dog or two to replace the last crop. As George carlin pointed out - the best thing about dogs is they don’t live too long and life is a long series of dogs.