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Adoptable Senior Dog of the Week: Shirley

Shirley is approximately 6 pounds and 10 years old. Little Shirley is coming back to Muttville, because her Mom is going into nursing facility and can no longer care for her.

Shirley is a very sweet Chihuahua who loves to cuddle. She is happiest when she is in someone’s lap or next to you on the couch. Now she is in a home with a toddler and is doing fine. She can be a little nervous with loud noises, but is calmed by petting.

This little girl is a love and sweetness exudes from her. She would love another lap to warm and someone to give her a chance to love them back…

Come meet her at Muttville

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Bay Area Pet Fair and Adoptathon Returns Next Weekend

Next weekend, October 5th and 6th the Bay Area Pet Fair and Adoptathon returns to Marin Center in San Rafael, California. There will be lots of adoptable dogs and cats, fun games for kids indoors and out, cool demonstrations and more. Last year was fun, especially seeing the K-9 units!

This FREE FAMILY & PET event returns to the Marin Center on October 5 & 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days:

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Retired couple's loving mission to only adopt older dogs

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Jerry and Thelma Fulleton make it their mission to adopt senior dogs.

When the dogs die, their hearts break. But they do it again and again.

"What you get out of living with a dog for that period of time is greater than the grief when a dog dies," Jerry said.

Within 60 days, they always have another dog.

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How veterinary care is evolving | A holistic approach for dogs rehab

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Many people undergo rehabilitation for several weeks or even months following a knee or hip replacement.  That type of therapy has now crossed over into the canine world. 

Flori Sforza dons a wet suit and leads Maya into a narrow underwater treadmill, which looks like a rectangular bathtub made of transparent glass. 

Maya, an eight-year-old Doberman, stands quietly as the container fills with about two feet of warm water.  Sforza, a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, guides the dog while her owner, Angie Mills from Vinton, starts the treadmill and Maya slowly starts walking.  It’s part of her treatment in the rehab area following surgery at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg. 

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Rescued border collie who became legendary therapy dog passes away

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More than eight years ago someone left a black-and-white border collie tied up at the door to the Huntington County Humane Shelter.

That’s generally not a good fate for a dog. Animals that aren’t adopted quickly end up being euthanized.

But the dog, nicknamed Bandit because of the black around its eyes, charmed the people at the shelter, who kept it around and finally adopted it out to an outfit called Border Collie Rescue.

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Dispelling myths about deaf dogs

My elderly and senior dog is teaching me how to age gracefully. She has slowly lost her vision but she remains the cutest, loving dog ever. She accepts her blindness, using her other senses to navigate day-to-day life. Watching her, I'm appreciative of how intuitive dogs are, and how much the human-animal bond comes into play in the quality of life we have together.

My brother's dog Kona is a little older than Cleo, and she's become deaf with age. She too, is still so very cute and happy. She's got white butt hairs that make me laugh, because she wiggles her butt in front of you until you scratch it. She grunts and snores on "her couch" most of the day now. Kona, without trying, shows us that a happy dog, in a loving family, doesn't need to hear to be content or feel loved.

Kona the deaf black Lab napping on her couch

Did you know that many rescues and shelters assume deaf dogs are unadoptable. Really? Kona gets around just fine at home. She's 15 years old and somewhat arthritic. Her family keeps her routine simple and they use simple hand gestures to guide her behavior. 

This week is National Deaf Dog Awareness Week. Whether they can hear or see, or even walk, we know from experience today that dogs just want to be loved by their family. They want to feel your love, your commitment and loyalty. Having a hearing-impaired dog only means an adjustment on how you work together, not how you love each other.

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5 Autumn Dog Safety Tips including a LED collar

Whether you live in the city or country, taking your dog out for a spin is fun. Daily exercise is a good habit for all ages, and a great way to keep those pounds off. I love walking my elderly dog in our San Francisco neighborhood. During the day we often have friendly encounters with local kids and strangers who want to pet a big fluffy dog. Our nightly walks are usually shorter and meant for Cleo's last pee stop before bedtime. 

Daylight Savings ends soon and that means longer shadows during our afternoon walks. This time of year also means that to make sure our dog walks are safe I start packing a flashlight for me, and now a LED collar for my dog Cleo.


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Weekly Adoptable Senior Dog: Spike

This week Grouchy Puppy is sharing an extra special adoptable senior dog. Spike, was a Mutt of Honor at last night's big fundraiser for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco. Did you see him there being cute and fabulous?

Great news! I want to thank everyone who sees these weekly adoptable dogs and shares them among your own networks. Because of you, Muttville tells me that their adoption rate for dogs interviewed by Calvin from Small Club, is one hundred percent! Thank you!!

Now, on to Calvin's interview with SPIKE, a soulful little senior shepherd ready for adoption… a grouchypuppy online exclusive!

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Sept 26 Join Animal Lovers Globally for 'Remember Me Thursday'

On September 26, 2013 animal lovers and animal welfare groups globally, are joining together to shine a light on pet adoption, and the millions of healthy dogs and cats waiting adoption. By lighting real or virtual candles on the exact same day we honor the millions of pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home. Learn more about this campaign and how you and your friends can join in, and shine your light.

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New Arizona program matches older pets with senior animal lovers

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ELEVEN MILE CORNER — Pinal County Animal Care and Control Director Kaye Dickson is always looking for ways to pair animals with good homes. And, with a new pilot program, she is seeking to put many of the animals at the shelter with homebound citizens.

Dickson said many people love animals and would love to have a pet but aren’t sure they can totally care for the animal. Through the new program, a homebound citizen can be matched with a more sedentary pet.

“We really are looking for animal lovers,” Dickson said. “You call in and tell us what you’re looking for in a pet. And we try our best to fit you with one that can be the best companion.”

The idea for the program came from part-time Volunteer Coordinator Lynda Nesbitt.

“It’s tentatively called ‘Seniors for Seniors,’” Nesbitt said. “We are trying to pair our older animals, that aren’t quite as hyper or require as much activity, to be a friend and companion to a homebound citizen.”

The positives of owning an animal are endless, Dickson and Nesbitt said. It’s why they believe the new program can be a winner for Pinal County.

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What our dogs put up with and other indignities

I love my dog but..I admit to occasionally taking advantage of her cool personality. She is so tolerant of our shenanigans that the urge to give her "bunny ears" or "antlers" can be overwhelming. I give in to the dark side for a few chuckles at her expense.


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County board considers time limits on tethering dogs

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The Arlington County Board is considering making tethering a dog for more than three hours illegal.

At its Sept. 21 meeting, the board will vote on whether to hold a public hearing on the issue on Oct. 19. Under the ordinance change, dogs would not be allowed to be tethered in a yard for more than three hours in a 24-hour period, or attached to a running cable or trolley system for more than 12 out of 24 hours.

County staff, in its recommendation, said that tethering dogs for an extended period of time “can put the animal’s health at risk if the animal cannot appropriately access food, water or shelter. Tethered animals can also develop aggressive behaviors as a result, which may endanger others.”

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington and its animal control officers support the proposal, according to the staff report. The ordinance would state that, if a dog is observed tethered once and then again three or more hours later, the presumption will be it has been tethered continuously for that period of time.

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Diabetic Alert Service Dogs could add years to a young person's life

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When 9-year-old Kiernan Sullivan started school this month, he attends each class in the company of his new best friend – a 2-year-old service dog named Kermit.

“It’s fun but hard,” Kiernan says of his new charge. “You have to feed him, take him out to bathroom and take him out for walks.”

Kiernan has Type 1 diabetes, which usually affects children and young adults and accounts for about 5 percent of all diabetes cases. It occurs when the body does not produce insulin, a hormone needed to convert starches, sugars and other food into energy.

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