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Why gamble? A senior dog is your best bet

As every gangster movie has shown, gambling is bad for you. In our book, puppies are for risk takers, while senior dogs are kind of a sure thing and a good bet.

As we close out November and Adopt a Senior Pet Month, let's revisit why senior dogs are amazing, and your best bet:

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Cleo's Diabetes Diagnosis | November is Pet Diabetes Month

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One year ago we discovered that our dog was diabetic. It was a huge surprise to us. She ate well, we avoided processed people food, she wasn't fat and she got regular exercise. Our early warning sign was her sudden increase in water consumption. 

When she kept up the excessive water drinking so that we were taking her out to pee every few hours, we knew something was wrong. My elderly father had developed diabetes a few years ago, and his sudden increase in thirst had been a big sign to all of us to push him to get tested. The signs of diabetes are similar for pets and people.

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Senior Dog Month: What's so great about Cleo?

What's so great about Cleo?

This Shepherd-Husky dog is a force of nature. From day one, she demanded that we participate in her life, and in return, seven years on, she etched herself into ours. As a senior dog Cleo is slowing down, but her personality remains at full tilt.


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Can't adopt now? Foster a senior pet for the holidays



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Kittens and puppies can be a lot of fun, but they can also stress out their owners and cause some sleepless nights.

While the Panhandle Humane Society wants to see all its shelter animals find forever homes, Cathy McDaniel, executive director, said it has a number of older or senior dogs and cats that often get overlooked when someone comes in to adopt a pet.

McDaniel said they often have people come in looking for a senior pet that is still playful, but doesn’t have the high energy level of a puppy or kitten. Plus, she said, an older animal is more likely house-trained and can adapt easier to a home because it’s used to that environment.

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Pet 'Net Adoption Event 2012 "An indescribable measure of love"


I'm happy to be again contributing to Pet 'Net Adoption Event 2012 sponsored by This is the fifth year Petside is linking bloggers together celebrating pets as part of the family, and encouraging adoption.

Last year I wrote about my new life with a senior dog. Now that Cleo is well into her golden years, she continues to change my life and I gain wisdom daily. It has been a gift to experience everyday life for the first time through the eyes of an old dog. I don't know how this adopted dog is able to give fearlessly to me an unending amount love, especially when I am giving her an insulin injection twice daily.

Editor's note: Visit the Pet 'Net Hub Page to read special adoption-related content from all the participating participating blogs.

I don't always know what she is going through, but her patience with me can be humbling. From the first obvious changes to her mobility and diet due to her advancing years, I've been learning to have more compassion for my elderly mother and father. When she bumps into chairs or gets lost in the house because her vision is too poor, my heart swells when I call out "Cleo" and her face lights up with joy and recognition. I'm like a mother with a toddler, cheering her on as she hustles directly to me. 

Today with her limited eyesight, she struggles to find a toy to chew and squeak out her frustration after smelling another dog on my pant legs. But once she does, look out! Even with a few teeth, she squeaks that toy loudly, showing me how much she has missed me and loves me.

An adopted dog gives you an indescribable measure of love

"For me a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog." ~ Roger Caras

This is one of my favorite quotes, because it reflects how it has been since we adopted Cleo. The amount of love that our dog has given us for the past seven years is indescribable, and without measure.

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“You just made my whole year” Idaho Pet Therapy Visits More Facilities

When Therapy Pets Serving Mini-Cassia started in 2001, the volunteers went to only two facilities; now they visit nine.

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Pet Therapy at Cassia Regional Medical Center in Burley


It was completely dark when I merged off Interstate 84 and arrived in Burley. There were a few cars parked in front of Cassia Regional Medical Center, and the time change was making 7 p.m. feel like midnight.

Lori Kreider stood in the empty lobby of the hospital with Lil Bit, a white miniature poodle, at her feet. The girl working inside the gift shop was closing for the night, the keys to the door in her hand as she locked up.

As people left to go home, Kreider and Lil Bit went to work.

Kreider and Lil Bit are members of Therapy Pets Serving Mini-Cassia Inc., a group of volunteers, human and animal, who visit nine Mini-Cassia facilities to help improve the health and well-being of those they interact with. All of the dogs and cats are registered through either Pet Partners or Therapy Dogs Inc., which provides registration, support and insurance for volunteers and their animals.

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Dogs make reading fun for Lompoc kids


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Daniel Eubanks, 7, reads to Oliver, a 5-year-old English springer spaniel


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In the quiet hum of the Vandenberg Village Library on Wednesday, 7-year-old Daniel Eubanks sat reading “The Sword and the Stone” aloud to a rather unusual listener: Olly, a 5-year-old, black-and-white English springer spaniel.

Olly, short for Oliver, listens to children read at the Village Library every Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. as part of the Reading with Oliver program.

Reading-age children are not the only ones who can benefit from time with Olly.

“Reading with Oliver is good for all ages,” said Library Clerk Barbara Krupenas. “We’ve had little ones, kindergarten and pre-K, who enjoy looking at pictures and talking to Oliver.”

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Reading with Oliver is on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Vandenberg Village Library, 3755 Constellation Road. For more information, call 733-3323.

Read to a Dog is on Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Lompoc Public Library, 501 E. North Ave. For more information call 875-8775.


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Older can be better in Greeneville TN

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month! Meet adorable adoptable senior pets at the Greeneville Greene County Humane Society.

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Older can be better! Senior dogs and cats don't require the constant attention a young pup or kitten would need, giving you more freedom. Senior pets are often already housebroken or litter box trained. They will most likely settle into their new home with ease, as they've already learned how to be a part of a family. Seniors love to nap and make perfect cuddle buddies on the couch.

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Influence Positively Story: From Bait Dog to Pet Therapist


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From bait dog to therapist, Philly terrier honored at Natl. Dog Show

Meet Vivian Peyton.

The Staffordshire Terrier mix started life as a bait dog in a dog fighting ring. Now Vivian Peyton is a certified therapy dog and will be honored for her good deeds at the show.

It took a while for Vivian Peyton to come around. Skinny and wounded, she was plucked from what might have been a one-way trip to the Animal Care and Control Team shelter in Philadelphia by New Leash on Life - a wonderful program that matches troubled dogs with prisoners.

She graduated from the three-month program earlier this year and she now will be the toast of Valley Forge this weekend as one of the Purina Therapy Dog Ambassadors at the National Dog Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center today and tomorrow.

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Thanksgiving and giving thanks

The musician Fiona Apple recently shared on Facebook that she would be canceling her tour in order to stay home with her dying dog Janet. She wrote,

"I know that she's not sad about aging or dying. Animals have a survival instinct, but a sense of mortality and vanity, they do not. That’s why they are so much more present than people. But I know that she is coming close to point where she will stop being a dog, and instead, be part of everything. She’ll be in the wind, and in the soil, and the snow, and in me, wherever I go. I just can't leave her now, please understand. If I go away again, I’m afraid she'll die and I won't have the honor of singing her to sleep, of escorting her out."

Like many people, these words touched me. Our dog Cleo has been with us seven years, but it feels like forever. She is completely incorporated into our lives. Given she was already about three when we adopted her, it now feels like the aging process is speeding up for Cleo. It's difficult for me because I'm not ready for her to "stop being a dog" as Fiona puts its.

However, it is Thanksgiving Day, and my reminder to focus on the positive rather than my worries.

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New San Diego Pooch Hotel Opens for Dogs


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(Mission Valley News, San Diego, CA) – There’s a new posh hotel here in Mission Valley, but you won’t find caviar or wine on the room service menu. Instead, you will find doggie-biscuits and chew toys because this place is literally for the dogs. Pooch Hotel is hard to miss with its emerald green exterior panels visible from the I-8 freeway adjacent to the Mission Valley Shopping Center.

The Pooch Hotel is designed for travelers who need to board their dogs, but also offers a day-care service for apartment dwelling dog-owners. 

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Feed your dog using new mobile app


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Ever wish you could feed your pet from afar? Meet Pintofeed, a device that lets you feed your pet using your smartphone.

Once connected to the wireless network in your home, you can activate the feeder from anywhere using a mobile app. Feedings can also be automated. T

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Dog's Injury Inspires Oregon Engineer | Creates Vet First Aid Products


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Take it from Terri Entler: If you can't find a product that fits your needs, it just might be a sign that opportunity awaits. 

A few years ago, the Vancouver resident noticed her German shepherd's paw pads were severely injured from a summer hike. Seeking to help the healing process, Entler tried applying socks and gauze and fastening them with duct tape, but they came off, got wet and dirty, and stuck to the wounds. She could find nothing on store shelves or in veterinary offices that did the trick. 

Finally, Entler, an engineer, went into her basement and came up with her own solution, sewing an outer layer of heavy-duty netting to a terrycloth lining and securing it with Velcro and a hook. Looking back, Entler describes her creations as "crude," but they stayed on and breathed. Even the veterinary office where she took her dog was impressed, she said. 

Entler turned a need into an entrepreneurial venture, founding Healers PetCare Inc. Its first product, Healers paw booties, evolved from her prototype.


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American Humane Assn trucks in supplies to Staten Island NY


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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- It wasn't just humans who lost their cozy beds, the feeling of confidence about their next meal and the very roof over their heads when Sandy hit.

Tens of thousands of pets across the region also had their ways of life undermined by the unprecedented storm -- a heartbreaking number died in the surge, and untold others are homeless along with their owners.

A group spearheaded by the American Humane Association brought a truck of 15,000 pounds of emergency food and supplies to the Guardians of Rescue Staging Area.

The group, assisted by dozens of corporate sponsors, hope to provide owners with dog and cat food, litter and other products key to their furry companions' quality of life. 

Over the next few days, the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals will transport owned animals from the evacuation centers in NYC to the ASPCA's emergency boarding facility.

For more information on the shelter, call the Hurricane Sandy Pet Hotline at 347-573-1561.


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Need an injection of love? Senior dogs deposit joy!

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How is it my older dog seems to know when I need quiet time with her? She can sense when my need for affection is front and center. What if you're feeling a little low on affection, where do you turn? 

This month is about celebrating senior pets, and I'd add, celebrating the love of a senior dog. 

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