Having and loving my own senior dog, and being a long time supporter of San Francisco-based Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, this story about the joy older dogs bring to your life makes my day! [See: Senior Dog of the Week Adoptions] Social media is again shown to be a great medium to increase awareness about senior dogs abandoned in shelters and why they deserve our loyalty instead. Read this story about a movement and campaign in New York to save older dogs[...]
Could you imagine falling ill and being hospitalized away from your family for weeks and weeks? As you mend your physical body, the toll on your emotional health is bound to be tough. You are separated from loved ones, and all the routines and familiar faces that make a house a home. Now imagine that family included a beloved dog or cat? If it was me, I would be trying to convince my husband to help my dog Cleo Skype with me. Stat.
Read about a hospital in Omaha that has a new program that is better than any Google Hangout or Skype [...]
While the debate continues over off leash areas for dogs in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, sadly someone has decided to go rogue and plant poisoned meatballs in a popular area of San Francisco. Again. These meatballs look very familiar and killed a little doxie we knew:
"Last July, a 7-year-old dachshund died and another dog was seriously sickened after eating meatballs the police believe were filled with strychnine. Police never located the person responsible for the deadly meatballs."
Even on leash, it's easy for people and dogs to get distracted when you have city streets and stairways like this one to hike or walk up.
[One of my favorite routes toward Twin Peaks is via these otherworldly steps]
Having been significantly involved with Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) in San Francisco for three years, I have seen first hand the power of the human-animal bond at work between low income seniors, the disabled, and their companion animals. It breaks my heart to imagine anyone having to choose to feed themselves or their beloved furry (and often only) family member.
Today, thanks to an anonymous donor, a new partnership begins between the Helen Woodward Animal Center's AniMeals Program and The Angel's Depot, a San Diego county nonprofit serving the nutritional needs of seniors.
Grieving the sudden loss of their dog Kate to cancer, three elderly sisters head to a shelter looking for a dog. To their surprise they found not only a senior dog, but an elderly pit bull would be their perfect new roommate.
The nuns saw past any breed stereotype about pit bulls, right into the heart of Remy, a loving senior dog looking for a family and forever home.
"Remy leaned her head into Sister Virginia’s chest and sighed. “She just got right up there,” said Sister Virginia, 79."
For many of us who've adopted a big adult dog, the moment we feel this animal give in to trust, physically relaxing with a sigh or other body language, is magical. I will never forget with my dog (small pony) Cleo buried her big head into my lap and left it there. Read the rest of this wonderful love story[...]
Get struck by Cupid's Bow in the best possible way, by stopping by the San Francisco SPCA’s Third Annual Be Mine Adopt-a-thon celebration February 13th to 16th! Last year over 140 animals found love and forever homes during this happy celebration. Come down and make a love connection that's honestly, better for your heart than dark chocolate. Just saying...
The celebration will include fee-waived adoptions all weekend, an open bar cocktail party, tattoos, food trucks, free dental health checks, a book signing, and animal behavior workshops.
As our dogs get older taking care of their teeth and gums remains important. If you adopt an adult dog like we did, you don't have the opportunity to introduce teeth brushing as a puppy. Your dog may also have had poor nutrition as a puppy and come to you with compromised teeth and gums. After we took Cleo for her first teeth cleaning we quickly discovered this was the case, and shortly afterward had paid for two root canals.
How do you tell if your dog has dental disease?
Holy kryptonite Superman! Adorable puppy and gorgeous Clydesdale horse go straight to your heart, faster than the little dog in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Budweiser's ad agency knows what they're doing this year because this one minute Super Bowl commercial leverages what all of us dog lovers and horse nuts already know, images like the playful puppy pal with his horse friend are kryptonite. We will not change the channel until we see these best friends together again.
And nice touch ad agency with the subliminal dog adoption message through that signage. You will surely win a Clio (or Cleo) for understanding people who buy your products care less about swamp frogs burping out "bud...wei..ser" and more about dogs and dog adoptions. In my opinion.
If I'm over-thinking this, tell me about it in the comments, and generally if you have any thoughts about this commercial, do tell..
Having my own experiences with my dog Cleo, I believe in a dog's intuition. Their ability to rapidly sense changes in our behavior, and the environment around them is incredible. Read this wonderful example of therapy dogs in Oregon who are using their intuitive skills to help both hospice patients, and their grieving families[...]
Our dog hates baths. She becomes a donkey in her resistance. Out of the blue, she'll turns her nose up to liverwurst. Gravity takes hold of her rear end with the strength of the entire San Francisco 49ers defensive line.
Imagine her response, when CA Governor Brown asked for a 20% voluntary reduction in water use today?
Baby steps, or puppy steps, but when you consider the number of extremely talented, yet blended, dogs around, the news coming from the American Kennel Club is good. It means they're adopting a new attitude with the addition of an agility competition open to mixed breed dogs.
Best in Show is still limited to specific breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club but [...]
There is something special about the relationship between animal and man. From my experience dogs display intuitive behavior when they are in a relationship us, and since my dog Cleo became a senior dog, I'm convinced older dogs can turn you into a better person. Pairing older folks with pets, including older pets, sounds like a match made in heaven, the perfect way for the human-animal bond to work its magic on important members of our society.
With support from Pets for the Elderly Foundation and Grey Muzzle Organization, the Pets For Seniors program in New Mexico is helping end loneliness and depression in their senior community, while rehoming dogs and cats from the Doña Ana County Humane Society. There is additional discount when a senior adopts a senior pet. More from the Las Cruces Sun-News:
Dogs are being given important roles in our society. They are guides, protectors, helpers, rescuers and companions. They jump out of military planes with us and chase bad guys down a dark alley for us. They encourage our children to learn to read and love books. Dogs can play a critical role and fill an emotional void. They step up again, and again, for every task we ask of them. They are more than "property" and a new petition in the UK hopes to elevate police dogs from that category. Read [...]