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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

Things you should never say to a senior dog owner

Things You Should Never Say to a Senior Dog Owner

I currently share my life with two dogs, but the absolute love of my life is a 17ish year old Chihuahua/Min Pin named Red. She found me while I was volunteering at a shelter in Florida, and decided I was going to be her person. I must admit I fell in love with her quite quickly as well.… Read full post

Important things your senior dog wants to tell you

20 Important Things Your Senior Dog Wants to Tell You

I talk to my dogs, I tell them what I’d like them to do, and I ask them questions. Whenever I do this while I’m on the phone with my mother she always laughs, and asks if they understand what I’m saying. Of course they do is my standard reply, and it’s the truth!!… Read full post

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The Joy of Living With a Senior Dog

 

Is it our general attitude about all things “old” that cause us to see old dogs as not worthy of our love and care? As something that is ready to be casually tossed, replaced with a younger, faster and “better” model? I suppose in many cases that is true, certainly not for those who share their lives with senior dogs, or do so much to rescue and care for them, and certainly not in my case.… Read full post

blind dogs can enjoy life like any other dog

Can Climate Affect Senior Dog Health

I had never even considered the possibility climate could be affecting Red’s health, until recent events.

You may know my senior dog Red has some health issues, and you also may know we recently returned to England after spending four months in Spain.

While in Spain I took her to a holistic vet named Pepe, who is amazing!!… Read full post

Involving your vet in senior dog care

Involving Your Vet in Senior Dog Care

I cannot overstate the importance of involving your vet in senior dog care.

I rely on my vet so much to help me care for Red, at times I feel like my life revolves on him and his schedule. I’m so worried when he’s not around, I’m terrified of what will happen to Red since there’s not much choice where I live, and I wouldn’t trust her life in his colleagues’ hands.… Read full post

wheelchairs are great mobility aids for dogs

Pain and Mobility Issues in Old Dogs

Managing pain and mobility issues can be one of the most challenging problems facing caretakers of senior dogs.

Don’t settle for having a pet in pain before exhausting every avenue available. Many pet owners are unaware their pets are suffering from pain; most pets don’t moan or whine, even though they are painful.… Read full post