How do I preserve 130 year old pine floors?

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My antique floors, in my antique home, had their final sanding nearly 20 years ago. I have had, and still do have, large dogs who have gouged and scratched the floors beyond repair. I was wondering if I could use gel stain, wood putty and wax with any success. I do not have the means to replace the floors. It would break my heart to rip them out. They are part of the charm of this old mill house. I'm not looking for perfection, just a little 'tidying' of the floors. Any and all suggestions, with the exception of poly, is appreciated.

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