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Friday, December 11, 2020

20 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors & Retirees


Would you agree that Small is usually better when considering which breed is best for senior citizens. 

Admittedly, we’re a little biased around here, but there’s lot to be said about the perfect dogs for senior citizens and retirees.  Big or small..

The warmth, companionship, love and entertainment that dogs provide can make all the difference in the life of an older person. 

You are welcome to skip the introduction and go directly to our recommendations for the best dog breeds for seniors.

To read more on this story, click here: 20 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors & Retirees


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Monday, November 23, 2020

Could Your Senior Dog Have Kennel Cough?


As the holidays approach, many people have to board their dogs. Like a child exposed to all the germs at school, senior dogs can be extremely susceptible to kennel cough.  Unlike a child that can cover their mouth when they cough, this is a highly contagious illness for dogs.

What is Kennel Cough?

Kennel cough is a respiratory illness that dogs can catch when they are around other infected dogs, whether it’s in a shelter, dog park, rescue center or boarding facility. Although most of us pet parents know it as kennel cough, the official name is canine infectious respiratory disease or CID. When a dog has kennel cough his trachea and bronchi are inflamed.

To read more on this story, click here: Could Your Senior Dog Have Kennel Cough?


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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Kristen Bell Makes Plea to Adopt Senior Dogs After Death of Beloved Pet


The "Frozen" actor, mourning the loss of her dog Barbara, reflected on the benefits of adopting an older dog.

After saying goodbye to her dog Barbara, Kristen Bell is encouraging potential pet parents to consider adopting senior dogs.

In an emotional video posted to her Instagram Stories on Sunday, the "Frozen" actor thanked fans and followers for their well-wishes after the beloved family pet passed away on Saturday.

"I'm going to miss her a ton, but I'm also really, really grateful that I got to spoil her in her last two years," said Bell, 40.

To read more on this story, click here: Kristen Bell Makes Plea to Adopt Senior Dogs After Death of Beloved Pet



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Sunday, August 16, 2020

An Adopted 14-Year-Old Girl is Helping Senior Dogs Find a Forever Home Just Like She Did


(CNN)A 14-year-old girl has raised $14,000 for senior dogs who have been left behind with the goal of helping them find a forever home like she did when she was adopted.

Meena Kumar at nine months old was found abandoned in a basket on a college campus in Pune, India. After spending a year in an orphanage, she was adopted by a couple in Mumbai and brought to San Jose, California.

To read more on this story, click here: An Adopted 14-Year-Old Girl is Helping Senior Dogs Find a Forever Home Just Like She Did




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Monday, February 17, 2020

Does Your Aging Pet Show Signs of Dementia?



Is your aging pet showing some curious behavior changes? Senior pets, like humans, experience changes in the brain that can affect memory and comprehension. Dementia and senility are broad terms used to describe these changes. In dogs, the disease is called Canine Cognitive Dysfunction or Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome and it affects a growing number of senior dogs.

In cats, however, our understanding of cognitive dysfunction is still an ongoing research in the field.

Dogs

Possible Signs of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction:

Similar to Alzheimer's disease in humans, Canine Cognitive Dysfunction is caused by physical changes in the brain and its chemicals. Past studies have shown that some older dogs with CCD have brain lesions similar to those that physicians see in Alzheimer's patients. The result of these changes is a deterioration of how your dog thinks, learns, and remembers, which causes behavioral changes that can disrupt the lives of both you and your dog. If your senior dog doesn't seem to be herself, she may be part of the large percentage of dogs age 10 and older who experience some symptoms of CCD, which include various stages of confusion and disorientation. Your dog may have CCD if she has a number of the following behaviors:


  • Becomes lost in familiar places around the home or backyard
  • Becomes trapped behind familiar furniture or in room corners
  • Has trouble finding and using doors and negotiating stairways
  • Does not respond to her name or familiar commands
  • Is withdrawn and unwilling to play, go for walks, or even go outside
  • Does not recognize or is startled by family members, toys, etc.
  • Frequently trembles or shakes, either while standing or lying down
  • Paces or wanders aimlessly throughout the house
  • Has difficulty learning new tasks, commands, or routes
  • Frequently soils in the house, regardless of the frequency she is brought outside
  • Sleeps more during the day, less during the night
  • Stares at walls or into space and is startled by interior lighting, the television, etc.
  • Seeks less and less of your attention, praise, and play
  • Is hesitant to take treats, drink fresh water, or eat fresh food

In the meantime, you can help your dog cope with CCD by considering her needs when it comes to your home, its surroundings, and the environment it creates for your dog. By incorporating a little care and a modified, veterinarian-recommended lifestyle, you may be able to increase your dog's brain activity and halt further CCD advancement. In fact, the latest studies have found that regular, moderate physical activity, mental stimulation with interactive toys, and a diet rich in antioxidants may help maintain your aging dog's mental health. Again, your veterinarian should be consulted before changing any of your dog's exercise or feeding regimens; but also try to keep your senior dog's environment familiar and friendly, and:


  • Try not to change, rearrange, or even refurbish furniture
  • Eliminate clutter to create wide pathways through your house
  • Consider purchasing or building a ramp for any stairways
  • Know your dog's limits when introducing new toys, food, people, or other animals
  • Develop a routine feeding, watering, and walking schedule
  • Keep commands short, simple, and compassionate
  • Encourage gentle and involved, short play sessions
  • Most importantly, keep your patience and compassion. Your dog's world has changed, but every effort should be made to show her that your love, respect, and pride of her past and present abilities has not changed and never will.

Cats

Every cat has a certain level of "talkativeness" some are always quiet and purring, some meow about everything. The change seen with senior dementia is one of increased or excessive vocalizations, and not just a simple meow.

They may appear confused and not totally sure of their surroundings while vocalizing, and this behavior is more common at night, often waking up the household.

It is important to remember other possible causes of new or odd vocalizations, such as pain (arthritis or injury) or in some cases, changes related to hyperthyroidism.

Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) is a widely accepted diagnosis in dogs, with established treatment options. In cats, however, our understanding of cognitive dysfunction is still being shaped by ongoing research in the field, and limited treatment options are available. Recent clinical studies indicate that old age in the cat is accompanied by increased behavioural signs such as wandering, vocalization and night-time activity that are not attributable to identifiable medical problems. It is essential, therefore, that veterinarians include behavioural well-being in the routine care of senior cats.

The main signs of dementia in cats are:

As with humans, dementia leaves cats confused and distressed. Your cat may become disorientated, and find it difficult to locate her litter tray or food bowl. The cat may even forget she has just eaten and will keep asking for more food (even more than usually happens!)


  • Night terrors may mean that a cat becomes especially demanding at night and may keep you awake by loud crying.
  • Alternatively, cats with dementia may become more aggressive or attention-seeking.
  • They will be much less eager to play games and will choose to doze instead. They may also be found wandering aimlessly.
  • Grooming much less frequently is also another sign of problems.

As with all behavior changes in your pet, please see your veterinarian first to rule out a medical problem first, as many diseases can have the same signs.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Golden Retriever Meets New Baby Sister And His Precious Reaction Has Been Viewed By Over 9M


Seeing siblings meet for the first time is always heartwarming, but this is just flat-out adorable. When this golden retriever meets his biological baby sister for the first time, he immediately starts to play with her and their interaction is all caught on video.

There’s a reason this video went massively viral, you’ll watch it over and over again!

To read more on this story and see the video, click here: Golden Retriever Meets New Baby Sister And His Precious Reaction Has Been Viewed By Over 9M



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Monday, October 29, 2018

Do Dogs Need Sunglasses?


No, not really. But that doesn't mean you should put away the shades for good.

Humans wear sunglasses to reduce ultraviolet exposure, which can lead to age-related cataracts to our eyes. Dogs, on the other hand, have a shorter life span and therefore don't develop UV light damage in their eyes.

Dogs still get cataracts, or blurry, clouded vision, but they're either inherited, caused by diabetes, or develop because of continued lens growth during old age, says Robert English, an animal eye care veterinarian. “Because of their deeper set eyes, in most breeds at least, and their heavier brow, their eyes are more shaded by their brows and have less of a direct angle to the sun than our eyes,” English says.

But sunglasses may still help old pups or ones with certain eye diseases. In this case, English recommends Doggles, or dog goggles designed for your canine companion. “Older dogs with early age-related cataracts arguably probably have slightly better vision outside on a sunny day if they wear polarized Doggles."

Denise Lindley, a veterinary ophthalmologist, said dogs with Pannus, a disease of the cornea, also could benefit from Doggles because of the decreased UV exposure. “A typical case would be a dog in Colorado that hikes a lot with its owner,” Lindley says.

Take note: Doggle protection only goes so far. Veterinarian James Hagedorn says dog sunglasses do not provide protection against debris, so they won't help if your dog is hanging her head out the car window.

If you do want to go down the Doggles route, you can purchase a pair from a variety of retailers, including Petco. DoggieShades, another canine sunglasses retailer, offers $15 sunglasses with an adjustable strap for your dog.

Bottom line: dogs don't need sunglasses, but if you want to protect your old dog’s eyes or you want your dog to make a fashion statement at the park, there's no harm letting her sport a pair of sunglasses.


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Sunday, October 14, 2018

No, A 'Dog Year' Isn't Equivalent To 7 Human Years


Dogs age at different rates compared to humans, but the simple rule of 7 dog years to 1 human year is far from accurate.

If humans aged seven times slower than dogs, then many of us would be able to reproduce at age 7 and live to be 150. Obviously that's not the case.

The reason that dogs can reach full sexual maturity after only a year is that our canine friends age faster during the first two years of their lives than humans do.

Even this general statement is slightly off since smaller breeds tend to mature faster than larger breeds.

Compared to humans, dogs age more quickly at the beginning of their lives and slower toward the end. Therefore, calculating your dog's age relative to yours is a bit tricky, but luckily it's possible.

Since smaller breeds tend to live longer than larger breeds, it's important to calculate your dog's age according to the right category: small (20 pounds or less), medium (21-50 pounds), large (51-90 pounds), or giant (over 90 pounds).

To read more on this story, click here: No, A 'Dog Year' Isn't Equivalent To 7 Human Years



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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Retirement Home for Elderly Dogs Opens in Japan - $1,000 Per Month


A pet company in Japan has opened a nursing home for older dogs which will provide round-the-clock vet care, a specialist guy, and even a swimming pool!  This is offered as a positive option for families with older pets that can be harder to care for.  Hopefully, this will keep people from just abandoning their older dogs, or putting them down.

Aeonpet Co., which is a subsidiary of the Aeon supermarket chain, is the company responsible for starting the idea.  The first site is opening at a shopping mall east of Tokyo, and has spots for an initial intake of 20 dogs.

“We decided to open the nursing facility because so many dog owners have requested something like this,” said Nanako Oiishi, a spokesperson for the company.

“Many Japanese people have pets now, but of course they get old and it can be difficult to care for them.”

Along with having vet services with a dedicated doctor on call at all times, there is a large grooming room, and owners will be able to stay with their animals as they live out the last days of their lives in comfort and luxury.

The care will also incorporate some services offered at the company’s luxury pet hotel at Tokyo's Narita Airport, including an hourly room temperature check and webcam so owners can look in on dogs day and night.

Prices will vary depending on the size and type of canine, although the company expects it will set the average owner back about $1,000 per month.

Aeonpet’s president said his intention is to use the first dog retirement home as a method to establish a second to none and available nowhere else.  They also hope to “establish an industry standard” in care for our older pets.

“We hope to eventually expand operations nationwide,” Akihiro Ogawa, Aeonpet’s president, said.

Aeonpet is already the largest pet company in Japan.  There are more than 170 stores, and 59 hospitals for pets in operation throughout the country.

Improved living conditions and health services for animals mean that the majority are living far longer than in the past, while new laws that went into effect in Japan last year make it a legal obligation for pet owners to take care of their animals until they die.






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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Vision Loss in Senior Dogs — Symptoms and Management


Just as our eyesight can become impaired as we age, dogs can also suffer from vision loss as they enter their senior years. However, unlike humans, dogs do not rely on vision as their most important sense. Their noses and ears allow them to adapt quite well to changes in their eyesight. Here are the signs of potential vision impairment and some steps you can take to help your senior dog cope with any loss of sight.

Vision Loss: Causes and Symptoms
There are many causes of vision loss in older dogs, including glaucoma and macular degeneration.

One of the more probable causes is a cataract, when the lens of the eye is clouded over. A cataract will appear as a hazy, opaque white growth over the eye and often goes hand-in-hand with other illnesses, such as diabetes.

Hypertension (high blood pressure) can cause a multitude of ocular problems, such as retinal detachment, which could lead to blindness. Untreated infections, chronic dry eye, and tumors or cancer can also cause blindness. It’s vital for your elderly dog to have regular visits (at least every 6-to-9 months) with his veterinarian, as the sooner the condition is detected and diagnosed, the better the possible outcome.

Signs that your dog is losing his eyesight can be quite obvious. He might bump into walls or furniture or have trouble locating his food or toys. He might stop making eye contact with you. The signs can also be subtler, such as being reluctant to jump on or off the couch, a new level of anxiety, or becoming clingy. Your dog may even begin to show aggression because his vision loss may leave him feeling vulnerable and more inclined to act offensively in an attempt to keep himself safe.

To read more on this story, click here: Vision Loss in Senior Dogs — Symptoms and Management

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Maggie May Be The Oldest Dog To Ever Live, Dying At Age 30


Australia lost a very beloved, very old soul today. Maggie, the Australian Kelpie, passed away after having lived for 30 years, according to owner Brian McLaren. She spent her life with him, roaming around their spacious dairy farm.

While most dogs live between 11-15 years of age (and for some lucky ones, a few years more), this amazing pup more than doubled the average life expectancy.

Unfortunately, McLaren lost documentation that specified Maggie’s birth date, so the official world record for the oldest living dog still belongs to Bluey, an Australian Cattle Dog that lived to the ripe old age of 29 years and 5 months, back in 1939.


To read more on this story, click here: Maggie May Be The Oldest Dog To Ever Live, Dying At Age 30


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Monday, June 12, 2017

Meet Coffee Bean, an Adorable 17- Year Old Rescued Chihuahua Who is Living His Final Years Checking Off His Bucket List


Lakeland, Florida – A Lakeland couple is making sure their 17-year-old rescued Chihuahua’s golden years are his best, experiencing the love every dog should, the love he missed out on during years of abuse and neglect.

Tiffany and Billy Hutto rescued Coffee Bean after he was left abandoned and abused on a street in Miami.

The Huttos have now created a bucket list for Coffee Bean and are determined to check off as many items as possible. Coffee Bean has met Miss Florida, walked on the beach at sunset, and had a massage, complete with a manicure and pedicure.

“I wanted him to know what it felt like to have unconditional love. So I decided, why not do ia bucket list,” his new mom Tiffany Hutto told WFLA.

Tiffany contacted the city hoping to fulfill a few more items.

Coffee Bean met City Manager Tony Delgado and was presented a “Bone to the City”.

A trip to the Lakeland Fire Department made this little dog’s day when he got to sit in a big fire truck.

Coffee Bean was also made an honorary K-9 for the day, with a badge placed around his neck by Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens.

“I would say perseverance. Leading that kind of life and still have the will to get up and go and live out 17 years is pretty Extraordinary,” Lakeland Police Officer and K-9 Handler Chad Whitaker said.

“We picked things around here that wouldn’t be so difficult to do, and wouldn’t tire him out. I think it’s helped him perk up because when we got him he was severely depressed,” Hutto said.

They found Coffee Bean two months ago at Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue in Pinellas County. The organization rescues dying, critically ill and old dogs.

According to the owner of the nonprofit rescue, Jaime Mcknight, Coffee Bean was a critical case. When he was rescued, she spent weeks at a vet clinic trying to save him when he originally arrived.

His new family has several dogs with special needs.

Hutto said she hopes to encourage other people to adopt animals with special conditions.

As for Coffee Bean, he still has more items to cross off his list.

You can follow Coffee Bean at his Facebook page.






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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What a Great Idea: A Group of People Held a ‘Senior Prom’ to Help Get Senior Dogs Adopted


Senior dogs often get overlooked in shelters and rescues, and so a bunch of people in Florida got together to hold a special event to help them find forever homes — a "senior prom."

The prom was held at The Dog House of Safety Harbor, a pet supply store that donates a portion of all its proceeds to animal rescues. Dozens of rescue organizations were invited to bring along their senior dogs, ages 5 to 15, for a night of dress-up and dancing.


"Thousands of dogs need to be adopted in the Tampa Bay area," Terry Meeks, one of the founders of the event, said in a press release. "All too often, our senior canines are passed by when people look to adopt. These dogs have the richest history and the greatest temperaments. They need to be able to live out the rest of their lives in a stable, loving home. The prom will help these senior canines get the recognition they deserve and find their 'furever' homes."

The event featured a red carpet that the dogs could walk down when they first arrived, to strut their stuff and show off whatever it was they were wearing, from gorgeous gowns… 


... to tasteful suits ...



... to everything in between.


The dogs got to meet potential adopters at the event, and between their adorable outfits and beautiful smiles, they were all definitely at their most charming that night.

The prom had a full roster of activities planned, including entertainment by an MC and her doggie sidekick, a raffle, a kissing booth and of course lots of dancing.

Every senior dog who attended the event was eligible to win the title of prom king or queen, and a panel of distinguished judges watched each dog strut around in their fancy outfits and judged them on criteria such as stage presence, attitude and working the crowd.

A dog named Tye was crowned prom king. He's an 8-year-old Chihuahua mix rescued by Canine Estates.

"He was rescued from someone who became ill and could no longer take care of him," Karen Altieri, a volunteer with the event, told The Dodo. "He's been at Canine Estates for nine months."


The dog crowned prom queen, Tye's partner in crime, was 10-year-old Nina, a pit bull mix rescued by Ruff Beginnings.

"She was a stray wandering the streets of Tampa when Hillsborough Animal Services picked her up," Altieri said. "She wasn't given much of a chance to be adopted out. Due to her being a senior and no space at the county shelter she was put on the Euth List. Ruff Beginnings pulled her the day she was going to be put down."


More than 40 dogs attended the very special prom, and six have been adopted because of the event so far — with lots more receiving inquiries.

Every dog in attendance had such a blast, dancing and snuggling the night away. They were able to showcase what amazing dogs they are, and how much they deserve their own forever homes.






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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Washington, DC - Meet Russet, a Handsome Senior Looking for His Forever Home: Please Contact My Foster Mom to Visit Me


Oh hello! My name is Russet and I am a older dog looking for a calm and easy going home. As you can see from my picture, I LOVE to eat! I've been told I am a bit on the hefty side and am currently on a diet (NOOOOOOO!) to try to slim down a bit. I came to WHS/WARL when some nice lady brought me to shelter after finding me hanging out downtown. I am a pretty easy going dude and would rather snuggle up with my new family than go on a long hike. That sounds exhausting! I wouldn't mind having a brother or sister, as long as they let me do my own thing. I am a wise old man and would love to find a special family to call my own. I'm only 7, so I still have a long life to live and would love to spend it with YOU! Please email my foster momma to meet me - ayoung@washhumane.org

To learn more about Russet, click HERE!


Russet
Animal ID:33613871 
Species: Dog 
Age: 7 years 19 days 
Sex: Male 
Color: Brown/White 
Declawed: No 
Site:  Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League

If you have room in your heart and home, please contact ayoung@washhumane.org

Remember the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League has other animals available for adoption!


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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League Celebrates ‘National Dog Day’ – Friday, August 26th


Washington, DC  — Friday, August 26th is National Dog Day and the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League (WHS-WARL) is encouraging everyone to celebrate Man’s Best Friend. 

WHAT:           National Dog Day!
    
WHEN:           Friday, August 26th

WHERE:         Throughout the United States, dog lovers will be celebrating National Dog Day.  Here, in our Nation’s Capital, we have three great ways for people to celebrate:

Adopt! 
WHS-WARL has great dogs available for adoption at two convenient adoption centers:

Washington Animal Rescue League
71 Oglethorpe Street, NW  
Washington, DC

Website: Washington Animal Rescue League


Washington Humane Society
1201 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC


Website: Washington Humane Society


All animals available for adoption at WHS-WARL have been spayed/neutered, microchipped and are up to date on vaccinations.

Donate toys, blankets, towels or pet food!
WHS-WARL accepts donations of toys, blankets and towels for our shelter animals.  In addition, you can donate unopened pet food for use in our Pet Food Bank for families that may need assistance feeding their pets.  Donations are accepted at both of our adoption centers

Spend some quality time with your dog!
National Dog Day is a great day to spoil your dog with extra attention and affection, a healthy treat, a new pet toy and some quality play time.

Senior dogs available for adoption
As an animal advocate/lover, there is a special spot in my heart for senior animals. They are the ones that are over-looked at adoption events. Most people want a puppy, and have no idea what great love senior animals can bring into their lives.

I want to spotlight three senior dogs, Marzipan, Bailey and BB, who are looking for  loving homes to spend their senior years. If you have room in your home and in your heart, please consider adopting either, Marzipan, Bailey or BB, or any of the other animals available at the Washington Humane Society-Washington Rescue League!



Marzipan

Animal ID: 33080511 
Species: Dog 
Age: 10 years 24 days 
Sex: Female 
Color: Tan/White 
Declawed: No 
Site Oglethorpe Street 

Hey there! I'm Marzipan and I'm just as sweet as my name would suggest. I lived with the same family for over 9 years, but they couldn't take care of me anymore, so I ended up here at the shelter. That's OK though! I'm really enjoying all the walks and attention that I'm getting here while I wait for my forever home. I have previously lived in a home with small children and other dogs, so I may be a good dog for a family that's looking to add to their home. At 10 years old, I'm well past all the puppy nonsense, and while I still have a lot of life left to give, I'm definitely more of a mellow companion than a running buddy. I do really like going on walks and getting out of the house, but I don't need the kind of exercise that a younger dog would require. I can't hear very well, but don't worry - I have quite a talented nose, and if I smell some cheese in your hand I will pay very close attention to you, I swear. If you think I could be a good fit for your family, please come see me! I'd love to go to my new home soon!

To learn more about Marzipan, click HERE!





BB

Animal ID: 16174059 
Species: Dog 
Age: 8 years 3 months 14 days 
Sex: Male 
Color: Brown/White 
Declawed: No 
Site: Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League 


Hi, I'm BB! I recently lost my home because of hard times after being with them for 8 years, but I'm trying to not let it get me down! Right now I'm staying with a nice family, who keep telling me that I'm a good boy and are taking care of me. My foster mom even told me I'm one of the easiest fosters she's ever had. Since I'm a bit older, I know my manners and am well behaved- no chewing shoes or peeing in the house from me! I mostly spend my days napping or keeping an eye out the window for everyone to come home; I would love a home where I can snooze on a big fluffy bed next to my humans. I get along with other pups too, right now I have a foster sister who I get along with great! If you're interested in learning more about me or would like to meet me, email my foster mom at jacqueline.baudouin@gmail.com

To learn more about BB, click HERE!





Bailey

Animal ID: 31103508 
Species: Dog 
Age: 9 years 6 months 1 day 
Sex: Male 
Color: White/Brown 
Declawed: No 
Site: Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League 


*** I am in foster care!!! If you would like to meet with me please contact my foster parent at Yeager.kathryn@gmail.com*** 
Bailey is a 9 year old Shepherd mix, he was a wonderful family dog for 9 years, before circumstances changed and they were no longer able to keep him. He loves other dogs, and would be most successful in a home where he can have another canine companion. He does have a prey drive, so he needs a home without small animals (cats). He's been good with kids and doing well with his training manners. He just loves to be outside and lay in the sun. If you would like to meet Bailey, come visit him at Oglethorpe shelter today!

To learn more about Bailey, click HERE! 

To learn more about senior pets, please read my posts:

Adopting The Senior Dog
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month in MD, VA, DC and the World


About Washington Animal Rescue League/Washington Humane Society (WARL-WHS)

The Washington Humane Society -Washington Animal Rescue League combined organization cares for more than 60,000 animals annually. The broad range of programs offered include: rescue and adoption, humane law enforcement, low-cost veterinary services, animal care & control, behavior and training, spay-neuter services, humane education, and many others.  Operating four animal-care facilities in Washington, D.C., the organization occupies a significant footprint in the District, and serves as a resource to current pet guardians and prospective adopters across the region. 

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Monday, March 21, 2016

After Losing His Beloved Dog: Man Devotes His Life to Adopting Senior Dogs Who Can’t Find Forever Homes


Months kept passing after Steve Greig’s beloved dog died, but he still felt crushed. That’s when he decided he should give another dog a good life. But not just any dog. He went to his local shelter in Denver, Colorado to adopt the “least adoptable” senior dog, as these are the ones too often overlooked. Now, Greig is a super busy human dad to his 10 elder shelter dogs and his Instagram is overloaded with cuteness approved by 478k followers.

Each day Greig wakes up at 5:00 a.m. in the morning to make breakfast for his big family. Most of the dogs have different diets. His schedule is filled with walks in the park, vet appointments…and lots of love and cuddles. “Whenever I sit or lie down at a dog-friendly level, there are always at least three or four of [dogs] attached,” Greig writes on Instagram.

“They’re just wiser animals,” Greig told The Dodo. “You kind of know what you want out of life once you become a certain age. These dogs know who they are and it’s easy to develop a relationship with a person or pet who knows who they are. It’s just fulfilling knowing that these guys are happy and loved and well-taken care of. It makes my days worthwhile.”

Greig also has a pig named Bikini, as well as two ducks, pigeons, cats and a few chickens. He has no more room for pets at the moment but he intends to adopt more senior dogs in the future. Because after all, love sees no age.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Adorable Dog Name Battleship Looking for His Forever Home – Please Share His Story


Sharing from Umbrella of Hope:

“For the...soul is virtually indestructible, and its ability to rise from the ashes remains as long as the body draws breath.”
― Alice Miller

Sometimes the dogs we take into our rescue have every reason to be mean or shy or unsure of people. Sometimes they have been failed so many times for so long no one would fault them for having trust issues with us.

Battleship has EVERY reason to be shy, scared and aloof. As shown in the 4th picture below, he was allowed to live in SQUALOR. His fur was so matted and full of trash, it was pulling sores on his skin. It had been a LONG time since he had been properly groomed or even bathed. He had not seen a vet in a long time. He had a skin condition and rotting teeth.

But Battleship LOVES people. He is sweet and gentle and good. He loves to cuddle and he loves to give kisses. He is a gentleman and knows his house, leash and crate manners. He is good with kids and all other animals. He is a perfect dog and he holds no grudges. He is so thankful to be clean and groomed and have clean teeth and a warm place to sleep. He has risen above his past.

This 13-year-old, 20 lb Poodle will require a very special home who does not mind that he can't see very well and that he takes daily medication. He will be on medicated shampoo for the next month or so until his hair grows back in but he is not contagious and he LOVES baths. He really needs your help to help him find a forever family to love him throughout his senior years who will give him the life he deserves -- the life that matches his wonderful attitude.

Please email us at beourpet@gmail.com to set up a time to meet him. Or help us get him seen by more people.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Could Your Senior Dog Be Suffering from Canine Cognitive Dysfunction?


While your beloved senior dog can’t really forget where he put his car keys, it turns out that he is capable of experiencing “senior moments.” If your dog forgets the route on your daily walk or if he’s not enjoying the things he once did, like chasing after his favorite toy or greeting you at the door, he could be suffering from canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD), or the doggy version of Alzheimer’s.

Canine cognitive dysfunction can occur for a number of reasons, like an accumulation of abnormal proteins in the brain. This creates a build-up of plaque, which eventually damages nerves and results in the loss of brain function, which can affect your dog's memory, motor functions and learned behaviors.

Most dogs, regardless of breed, experience some form of CCD as they age. In a study conducted by the Behavior Clinic at the University of California at Davis, researchers found that 28 percent of dogs aged 11-12 years, and 68 percent of dogs aged 15-16 years, showed one or more signs of cognitive impairment.

Dr. Bonnie Beaver, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist, says a lot of dog owners aren’t aware that their dogs can suffer from CCD until they take them to the vet for what they think are physical or behavioral problems.

“The first thing you should do is to talk to your vet to make sure that it’s cognitive dysfunction and not something else. It comes on gradually and owners don't always notice things,” says Dr. Beaver.

“What did your dog stop doing that he used to do? Is he not chasing his ball because he has arthritis? Or is it that he doesn't care anymore? It's important to differentiate between physical and mental causes."

Some symptoms of CCD can overlap with other age related conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer, and kidney issues, as well as hearing and sight loss. Depending on your dog's symptoms your vet may propose x-rays, blood tests, urinalysis, or other diagnostic tests.

Dr. Denise Petryk, a former emergency room vet who now works with Trupanion pet insurance, says the widely accepted DISHA acronym can help dog owners characterize the most distinct signs and changes associated with CCD.

The term DISHA refers to the symptoms Disorientation, [altered] Interactions with their family members or other pets, Sleep-wake cycle changes, House soiling, and Activity level changes.

“It gives us the ability to check against a list of things to show that something else isn’t going on. If your dog has one of the symptoms or some combination then we’re more likely to call it cognitive dysfunction.”

Dr. Beaver says to keep in mind that there isn’t necessarily a progression to the symptoms your dog may be experiencing.

“The more signs and frequency we see, the greater significance of the problem. Each sign or symptom doesn’t really signify a particular phase,” she says.

Here’s the DISHA list of possible symptoms that may demonstrate cognitive dysfunction in dogs:


Disorientation

One of the most common things pet parents may notice is that their senior dog gets disoriented even when he’s in his normal or familiar environment.

“This often happens when the dog is out in the backyard and he goes to the wrong door or the wrong side of the door to get back in. The part of the brain that is involved with orientation has been affected.” Beaver says.

Your dog may also experience difficulty with spatial awareness. He may wander behind the couch and then realize he doesn’t know where he is or how to get out.

At bedtime you may find your dog in a different part of the house staring at the wall instead of curled up in his dog bed. Petryk says dogs have a good sense of timing, so this is a sign that something is wrong.

“The first thing you should do is to take your dog in for a check-up. It might not be a cognitive issue, so your vet may want to rule out some other possible medical causes which could involve a brain tumor or diabetes.”


Interactions

Canine cognitive dysfunction can affect your dog’s interactions with people and other animals. Your once sociable dog who used to be the most popular pooch on the block now acts cranky and irritable, or even growls at other animals or children. He may lash out and bite his once favorite playmates. Petryk cautions that this behavior could be the result of something serious.

“He may be acting this way because he’s in pain. He could have arthritis or some other ailment that hurts when he moves or is touched. Your vet may want to do x-rays to rule out a painful condition.”

Some dogs withdraw from their family and their favorite activities. They may fail to notice when the doorbell rings and seem disinterested in greeting visitors, or they may stop barking at the mailman. Your dog may not even respond when you get his leash out to go for a walk.

"I've had patients whose dogs don't recognize that their favorite cookies are treats for them, “ says Petryk. “The owner's first instinct is to buy other cookies. They don't realize something else could be going on.”


Sleep-Wake Cycle Changes

A change in sleep patterns or a disruption in circadian rhythms is one of the more specific symptoms related to cognitive dysfunction. Dogs that used to sleep soundly may now pace all night. Many dogs reverse their normal schedules, so their daytime activities become their nighttime activities. This “up all night” routine can be frustrating and tiring to pet owners.


“If your dog is active at night and you want to get him to sleep, a nightlight or white noise may help him,” Beaver says.

If this doesn’t provide relief, consult your vet for medications that may ease your dog’s anxiety and reestablish normal sleep cycles.


House Soiling

Urinating or defecating in the house is one of the most common ways cognitive dysfunction is detected in dogs, especially if the dog was previously housetrained.

Petryk says that when this happens it’s important for owners to consider that their dog may have lost its ability to voluntarily control elimination or even let them know that he needs to go outside.

“After we run tests and rule out a bladder infection, kidney problems, or diabetes, then there’s usually been a cognitive change. If your dog is staring out at the sliding glass door and then poops in the house anyway and it’s not because of bowel trouble, then he’s lost the understanding that he should poop outside,” Petryk explains.


Activity Level

Dogs with cognitive dysfunction may show a decreased desire to explore and a decreased response to things, people, and sounds in their environments. They may not greet you or they may no longer respond on cue to fetch their favorite toy. They may also be less focused and show an altered response to stimuli. Some dogs have trouble eating or drinking or finding their food bowls.

"They may drop something when they’re eating and they can’t find it,” says Petryk. “If they don’t have sight or hearing issues, this can be a true indication that they are experiencing cognitive dysfunction.”

Although older dogs experience a normal decline in activity levels, they may also experience restless or repetitive locomotion.

"They may exhibit repetitive motion; things like head bobbing, leg shaking, or pacing in circles. This kind of action is more related to cognitive dysfunction or a degeneration of the brain. It’s less likely to be mistaken for anything else," Petryk says.

Owners should also be aware if their typically quiet dog now barks excessively or if he barks at times when nothing is going on.


Diet, Medication and Environment

Watching your dog lose his cognitive abilities can be a difficult and disturbing process, but there are things you can do to help ease his discomfort.

“You can’t stop the process but it’s possible to slow it down so they don’t go from one problem to three problems,” Beaver says.

Certain dog foods are formulated to help slow down cognitive dysfunction and include anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids to promote and strengthen cell health.

Beaver says combining an enhanced diet with efforts to enrich your dog’s environment provides the greatest chance for cognitive improvement.

“Introducing things like food puzzles encourages mental stimulation,” she explains. “Any type of food dispenser toy where they have to roll it around to get the food out helps keep them mentally active.”

Regular scheduled play sessions can also stimulate your dog’s brain and improve his learning and memory abilities.

“If your dog doesn’t have physical restrictions, grab his leash and take him to the dog park where he can socialize with other dogs,” says Petryk. “It’s possible to slow deterioration by keeping him physically and mentally active, just like it is for us.”

Psychoactive drugs and dietary supplements can also help slow your dog's decline, but Beaver recommends visiting your vet for specific recommendations that can be tailored to your dog’s health and medical history.

“If, for instance, your dog also has a heart problem, the medications he takes for that is going to factor into any medications prescribed for cognitive decline,” says Beaver. “Vets and owners need to work together to establish a plan.”


Regular Checks-Ups

“As your dog gets older he should be having twice yearly check-ups. That way they can help differentiate between normal aging and what's pathological or wrong,” says Petryk.

She suggests going into the vet with a list of questions and observations—things that you notice when you’re at home. If changes happen gradually, it’s easy to overlook them, says Petryk.

“People can be blind to the changes in their pets because they’ve happened slowly,” she says. “They may not notice things and it may be too late to fix them.”





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