Grampa is a WWII veteran and fought at the battle of Montecasino in Italy. He tends to remember his early days with more clarity, as he now has Alzheimer's. Grampa currently lives in a luxury retirement home near us. He thinks it's a hotel.
Dante and Grampa have a very special bond, though. Grampa lights up every time he sees Dante, and Dante offers him kisses and a pawshake at will. Dante knows who "Grampa" is, by name, and although Grampa forgets Dante's name, he doesn't forget Dante.
Here is Grampa eating his birthday dinner. He had homemade zucchini-oregano soup, followed by prime rib roast beef and all the fixings. Dante joined us on one of the sidechairs and sampled some of the sour cream from a spoon.
After dinner, we retired to the living room to await Grampa's birthday cake.
Here's Dante and Grampa having one of their famous "pawshakes". In this case, I guess it should actually be called a "Grampawshake"!
And then, the birthday cake arrived! Just look at that smile on Grampa's face! He is 88 years old and still ticking, despite the Alzheimer's and prostate cancer (which he has had for many years and chose not to treat).
Grampa was so proud that he blew out both "8's" at the same time!
After the cake, it was time for a little chin scratch!
Happeh, Happeh Birfday, Grampa! I luvs yoo!