The greatest challenges of caring for a senior dog

The Greatest Challenges of Caring for a Senior Dog

I loved my senior dog Red more than anything, and when she died I fell apart. I would be lying if I said it was always easy caring for her, and I’m honest when I say at times I wished it was over.

I know these are sentiments shared by many senior dog parents, particularly those of us who were and are dealing with serious health issues.… Read full post

What to do if your old dog won't eat

What to do if Your Old Dog Won’t Eat

I know from experience what it’s like to feel so desperate when your old dog won’t eat, you’re willing to do and try anything!

Red, the love of my life, sadly got her wings on May 18 of this year (2018). I adopted her when she was around 8 so we think she passed at around 17 years of age.… Read full post

the love of my life my senior dog Red

Life After Red

You never know how you’re going to grieve, or what you’ll find the hardest to cope with, until that time when you say goodbye.

I knew Red’s time with me was drawing to a close, and I used to think about what life would be like without her.

Having spent almost every moment of the past 9 years with her (except for when I was on vacation), I couldn’t imagine a life that didn’t include her.… Read full post

Must have senior dog supplies

Must Have Senior Dog Supplies

I see so many lists for new puppy items, but not so many for senior dog supplies!! What’s up with that…senior dogs also need stuff!!

If you’ve shared your life with your dog since he was a puppy, I’m sure there’s no shortage of supplies, but have you adapted them to his changing needs?… Read full post

Red in her stroller in Spain

Saying Goodbye to My Sweet Girl Red

One week ago today, on May 18, 2018 at just after 11:00am UK time, I said goodbye to my sweet girl Red.

This is not easy for me to write, especially because I never discuss my feelings, but it’s spilling out of me and I can’t stop it.

What inspired me?… Read full post

Would your senior dog benefit from New Zealand green lipped mussels

Would Your Senior Dog Benefit From Green Lipped Mussels?

Are green lipped mussels the next “great thing” for our senior dogs? Let’s take a look and see!

What are they and are they really green?

Green lipped mussels (or GLM) are a type of mussel found only in New Zealand, and the shell is rimmed in green.

Benefits   Natural inflammatory Reduces pain Protects joints Boosts the immune system Strengthens bones Helps in repair of cartilage Preventative What makes green lipped mussels so powerful?… Read full post
How to choose the right pet stroller for your senior dog

How to Choose the Right Pet Stroller For Your Senior Dog

If I had to choose one thing that has made a huge difference in my life and the life of my senior dog, I would have to say it’s a pet stroller. Although we would never have left Red behind on a day trip (unless we had a pet sitter), having the dog stroller made it a lot easier to include her.… Read full post

How to make moving day stress free for senior dogs

How to Make Moving Day Stress Free For Senior Dogs

Moving is stressful no doubt about it, but did you know it’s up there with job loss, marriage, divorce and death?

I have moved a lot, but that’s what happens when you have wanderlust, and most of that moving was done with dogs and cats in tow. Yes they were usually seniors!!… Read full post

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JEM and the Misfits – A Lifesaving Initiative

I recently added a new section to my website called Senior Dog Lifesavers. As the name suggests, it is dedicated to highlighting the work of the kind and compassionate souls who rescue senior dogs.

A few weeks ago while searching for lifesavers to feature, I came across a woman named Julie Docherty (or Jem as she is called!) who rescues Chihuahuas.… Read full post

26 money saving hacks for senior dog owners

26 Money Saving Hacks For Senior Dog Owners

The love of my life is my senior dog Red who is approximately 17, although I really have no idea how old she is. Okay I know I should say it’s my husband but, to be fair, he’d probably say his is our other dog Jack!! We’ve been together almost 9 years (Red, not my husband!!), and I can’t even imagine how much I’ve spent on vet bills.… Read full post