Girlfriend greyhound celebrated her 15th birthday today March 8, 2020. She is my first greyhound (out of four) that flew through her 13th birthday, sailed past her 14th birthday and turned 15. Around 14 3/4 she suffered a bad kidney infection where she urinated in […]
Is your neighborhood plagued by feral cats? First you see a stray cat and then another and then another. Did you know that here in Tucson, feral cats are called community cats and there are resources available to curb their numbers and provide them with […]
“Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.” ~Sydney Jeanne Seward
Six Things I Learned from Living with an Old Dog
–Be thankful your dog is healthy enough to live to an old age.
–Be proactive. More frequent visits to the vet are a must. Consider that you may need to alter his diet and/or Rx or supplements; buy a new bed with better support; add nonslip rugs and go for shorter walks.
–Be patient. Your dog may not be as robust as she usually is. Your friends may take notice before you do. Perhaps there is loss of vision or hearing. Her personality may change. She may become disoriented and/or incontinent. Deterioration happens. Show some compassion. With luck you will grow old one day too.
–Be aware of his discomfort and pain. Don’t let him suffer. It’s not about you; it’s about your dog.
–Be considerate of her age, lifespan and quality of life going forward when making decisions.
–Every day is a gift. Savor it.
Written by Karyn Zoldan who currently lives with Girlfriend, 14 ¾, and Daisy, 11-year-old greyhounds. Everyone here is old and sassy.
Last week I had the pleasure of returning to Zen Donkey Sanctuary – what a special place – a labor of love (and 501c3 non-profit organization) tended by Sandy and her husband and a few volunteers including Liz who arranged for our visit and her […]
Hats off to the many of Tucson’s local animal rescue organizations – you do so much with so little. You are conversant in stretching your hard-earned fundraising dollars to cover routine veterinary expenses and other expenses. But what happens when a dog or cat needs […]
I don’t know who said it but agree – there is nothing like the soul of an old dog.
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. I think every day should be adopt a senior pet but I’ll celebrate this special month drawing attention to senior dogs and cats.
While I love all dogs (for the record, I’m allergic to cats so I lean toward dogs but just substitute cats if you’re feline fine). I am gung-ho to the seniors.
I’m senior or baby boomer or whatever moniker AARP gives us. I can’t imagine someone of my age opting for a puppy. I’d wonder WTF are they thinking? Do they have the physical energy to keep up with a puppy and also will they outlive the puppy as they both age? I know this is a pessimistic way of looking ahead but in my opinion it’s also a realistic way of looking ahead.
Ideally, we should grow old with our dogs but our lifespan outlasts theirs and rather than take the adage – my dog (or cat) died and I can’t possibly love another – I recommend filling that empty emotional void with another pet as soon as possible.
And if you don’t want to adopt – foster a senior pet or take care of a fospice (foster a hospice pet) or be a respite foster while the regular foster parent goes on vacation. Just don’t sit there pining for your forever gone pet while there are too many senior pets waiting for love. Fostering a pet may also save his or her life.
HOPE ANIMAL SHELTER
Dusty and Brady are looking for a home to rest and relax in. They are older, small guys. Maybe mixes of chihuahua, dachshund, and corgi. These boys are looking for a quiet, patient home to relax in. They like to chill out in their comfy bed. They love to go for walks together. They are shy around new people and will accept pets, but don’t seek out attention. (pictured above)
GREEN VALLEY PAWS PATROL
BobCat lived with three other kitties and a woman who dearly loved them. She recently passed away and the other kitties have been adopted. Nine-year-old BobCat is a handsome seal point senior male cat. He is more comfortable with cats than people, other than the lady with whom he spent most of his life. The perfect home for BobCat would be with a calm kitty he can just love once more.
Written by Karyn Zoldan who lives with two senior greyhounds.
On Saturday July 13, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) will celebrate their 75th Anniversary with a banquet dinner at the Hilton El Conquistador that will commemorate three quarters of a century of service and honor those who have worked to maximize the organization’s […]