Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Chicken Little!

There is something extra about a dog you just meet, who looks you in the eye, and immediately sees you’re on their side. With my morning volunteer shifts at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, I love discovering an old dog who sees me and softens, and if I am lucky (it is early!) gets up and comes over to say good morning. Meet one of those dogs. This sweet man will see you in all your love and meet you half way.

Is the sky falling?? No, it’s you, fallin’ for Chicken Little!!

This handsome speckled chihuahua has flown the coop to become your new best friend!

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Fall for Chicken Little!

With a happy smile and wide eyes, Chicken Little is ready to take on the world with you! Perfect for taking on walks, playing in the grass, and cuddling up with after a long day, this curious and energetic guy will make your heart take wing!

Chicken Little may be small but he will make a BIG impression on you!

Fly on over to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco and meet Chicken Little!!

Learn more: https://muttville.org/mutt/chicken-little-6811

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If you want a pup who loves to snuggle as much as he likes to play or go on a good walk, Chicken Little is your guy. Chicken Little is such a special dog who just wants to be squeezed and loved on by his person. All it takes is one look into those big, bright eyes and you’re in love. You’d barely know he was a senior, he’s got such great energy and a wonderful capacity to love. Chicken Little and I have had such a great time hanging out together in my office, it’s going to be hard to let him go.

Wags,

Danielle

Chicken Little is estimated to be 11 years young and weighs 12 lbs.

Chicken Little’s foster has to say:

Chicken Little is the sweetest little pooch! He will follow you around, especially in the kitchen, and will follow your lead at home, on whether it’s time to play or relax and chill out. He gets very excited for his walks and will take off running, stopping to sniff all of the interesting plants along the way or roll around in the grass. When home and relaxing, he’s happy cuddled up next to you. He’s good with a routine, and sleeps well through the night. He enjoys peace and quiet; it can take him a minute to warm up to other people and animals.

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Thoughts on appreciating the similarities between old dogs and aging parents

Ever since my own dog became elderly and went through her final journey along the aging process, I’ve written about senior dogs and their similarities to elderly people. (Why do older dogs sleep so much?) During her final years, she helped me learn valuable lessons that I was able to apply to my relationships with my parents before they passed away. (Letting go, being grateful, and seeing an old dog as a bridge)

I recently read a column called, “Care of aging dog, much like that of elderly parent.” This in particular stood out to me;

In Elder World, we told each other, “If they were dogs, we could be merciful and end this.” Now it is a dog, and we can’t pull the plug. Which makes me think of the old people again, and how insistently the will to hang on demands respect. And another thing they taught me: that although caregiving feels endless, it always ends, though the empty space after doesn’t.

Carol writes that she “couldn’t have imagined that senior dog care would prove a weird resurrection of the demands of elder care” and let me say, that is valuable insight.

I think of this when I volunteer at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. I bring up the similarities between elder parents and the sugar faces with other volunteers, fosters and potential adopters. Managing expectations are so important.

I’ll do everything that I can to give a dog the best chance at a wonderful life. Telling my stories about how living with an aging dog gave me insight into my father’s diabetes, and my mother’s fierce need for routine, so that other’s realize the emotional transformations can have a positive impact, now keeps my dog’s memory alive.

One key to having an old dog is to value every moment with them, to let go of your immediate fears or frustrations and see the finite time you have left together. When we learn to appreciate the little everyday habits of our close elderly family, those are the impressions that will return day after day when they are physically gone. This is something incredibly important whether we’re talking older parent or older dog.

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I am eternally grateful that my own dog, living her life, set me on this journey of understanding and growth. Our days together, to the very end, left me with immeasurable resilience to handle my parents sudden passing a year after hers. 

If you have aging parents and need some insight, look to senior dogs. After volunteering with the oldsters at Muttville for the past four years, I can reassure you that the teachings my dog started me on continue. Every week I feel lucky when I left my shift feeling like I had a Continuing Education class in the elderly, both human and canine.

And please, don’t let your fear of the eventual physical loss of a dog stop you from experience life with them. There are so many incredible unique lessons dogs offer, and in particular, older dogs. If you can’t adopt, then consider volunteering at a animal shelter, sanctuary, or senior dog rescue.

Read more of my thoughts about old dogs, and my own muse here.

Source: Heraldnet.com

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Soda Pop!

There is something extra special about min pins! These dogs pack full size love, silliness, snuggles, fierce protection and the sweetest sleepy faces in the tiniest body. Meet the perfect wee man to give your life sparkle and fizz, with a dash of romance...Soda Pop!

If you enjoy the finer things in life, have we got a dog for you! Soda Pop is a wonderful Miniature Pinscher with beautiful black and brown fur and the cutest little jumpy-wiggle when he’s happy.

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Add fizz to your life with Soda Pop!

What more could anyone look for in a best friend? Soda Pop is refreshing all the time, night and day. And these are the days, my friend, because this little furry friend has long legs for days … without the calories!

Who cares if that glass is half-filled or half empty? We only care that it’s Soda Pop! Isn’t it time to get your doggy fill? Fill ‘em up!

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Come by Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco and meet Soda Pop today!

Learn more: https://muttville.org/mutt/soda-pop-7620

Here’s what this guys foster has to say about him:

Soda Pop is affectionate & calm. He has low to moderate energy & enjoys walks. Soda Pop is great with dogs large & small however, he chases & barks at cats/chickens. He is potty trained & does not go in the house. He will walk over by the door when he wants to go out. Soda Pop loves chicken & meal times! He also likes to sleep on the couch or a dog bed & will curl up on your lap if you let him.

Soda Pop is estimated to be 8 years young and 11 pounds

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Magic of Dogs: 25 ways and counting, dogs positively influence our life

Make it your new year resolution to discover the many joys dogs bring to your life. We all face stress from our daily lives, scary headlines, and even just the winter blues. How do we handle it and not get overwhelmed?

From my decades of experience, I often feel better about something, or feel closer to a calm outlook, thanks to a dog. It’s like their secret super power is having the answers to life, but they can only communicate it when we stop and give them a belly rub, or take them for a quiet walk. We have to slow down and listen to them and their special canine communication.

Whether you adopt a dog, or volunteer, their positive influence will be felt. 

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If you are wondering what the possible positive impact a dog might have on your life, here are just a few ways (okay, 25 ways and counting!) dogs add color, purpose and dimension to our life:

  1. They think you’re the best cook
  2. They don’t care about your weight
  3. Feeling a dog lean against you in complete trust makes you feel like you can conquer anything
  4. Five minutes or fifty, they miss you
  5. They forgive quickly and completely
  6. You will learn to nap again and feel good about it
  7. They don’t care if you exercise only that you play with them
  8. When you adopt a dog you get to remind them that they are loved
  9. A dog choking is the best alarm clock
  10. They make you feel like you won the lottery
  11. They keep your secrets
  12. They lower your blood pressure
  13. You exercise more without realizing it
  14. You meet your neighbors
  15. They are good at answering the door for you
  16. They don’t care about your bad breath
  17. Regular walks with your dog burns calories
  18. When you adopt a dog you get to make their final chapter the best
  19. A dog can save you money on therapists by focusing you on what’s important
  20. They know the secret to living in the moment and will teach you
  21. Spending quiet time with a dog can heal your heart
  22. Adopting an older dog can teach you patience and show you how to age gracefully
  23. Dogs don’t judge you
  24. They don’t mind if you use them as a reason to say no to an invitation
  25. You get to know and feel pure love, without reservation.

These are some of the reasons why I believe the human animal bond, and dog human bond, is real, and it’s spectacular!

It’s a new year and a natural time to take stock of your life. If you love dogs, be assured having one increases the quality of your life exponentially.

Consider adopting from your local shelter, or volunteering with your closest animal rescue. If you can’t volunteer, find a cuddle club! It’s about having dogs in your life and letting them work their magic!

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