So dogs have “tool uses” with a 2.5% chance to use a tool use when they move after five uses they become old.
Old dogs have five uses again before dying. This can be sad and because dogs are the only animals to die after being fed is also sad.
My suggestion is to make old dogs similar to bonsai trees. Bonsai trees after a set amount of time needs to be trimed but then they become another type of bonsai tree.
So if we add another step named “Hungry old *” then if they dont get fed before 5 tool uses they die. But if they are fed they revert back to “old *” this would make it more meaningful to raise dogs and more players would want them as pets.
Imagine a child being given a puppy they feed them and grow up together both living untill they are 60 years old. Thatd be such a heart warming story. Or inheriating the family dog thats survived for generations.
I know thats not realistic but this is a game where sheep never stop giving birth and cant die of old age.
And where a single woman gives birth repeatedly and is born from nothing.
So i dont think itd be to unusual for us to be able to feed dogs to extend their life times.
Also since pig meat is usefull now as food sources pigs are more comman in towns now. So it would be nice for the old use of pork to enhanced.