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A Tucson Tail Looks Back at 2018

A Tucson Tail Looks Back at 2018

2018 was a good year at A Tucson Tail. Many greyhounds stayed here at the bed & biscuit home away from home. Let’s see there was Furlough, Flash, Lily, Ernie, Zig Zag, Jarvis, Felix, Mochi, Coffee, Kingston, Mandy and Harley. Non-greyhounds were Sam, Bella, Rio, […]

Two of My Favorite Things: Libraries and Dogs (Cats Included)

Two of My Favorite Things: Libraries and Dogs (Cats Included)

As if I didn’t already love the Pima County Library, here’s one librarian (Vicki Ann Duraine) who started a campaign to help the homeless pets during the holidays at Pima Animal Care Center. Last year her campaign collected 1,600 pounds of contributions. Let’s raise that […]

November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month

November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month

@Cherished Tails

At A Tucson Tail, we adore the seniors. Unfortunately, senior pets don’t fly off the shelves like kittens and puppies. Most dogs are considered seniors at six or seven depending on their size but for small dogs, a 10-year-old, is middle-age. Senior pets also make great companions for senior citizens.

Here are 5 benefits of adopting a senior:

Older dogs usually have manners. They have spent most of their lives living with people and are socialized. They may have received training and are probably potty trained.

Monty @ Tucson Cold Wet Noses

What you see is what you get. You won’t be surprised how big your dog might get or what color her adult coat might be. Your senior pet might be missing an eye or a toe or a few teeth but that doesn’t get in the way of their enjoyment of life.

You can teach an old dog new tricks (cats, don’t even think about it). Find a trainer who is adept with seniors and senior enrichment and go have fun together.

Adopted senior pets are grateful. Yes, they know you saved them from a terrible fate and you will quickly form a bond with your senior pet.

Jade from SOS Cat Rescue

Take pride in senior pet adoption. Spread the senior pet adoption gospel. People will think you’re special because you made a commitment to an older pet…and you are.

These Tucson rescue groups have many senior dogs looking for forever homes: Tucson Cold Wet Noses, Cherished Tails Senior Sanctuary, Mature Mutts at PACC and SOS Cat Rescue to name a few.

Will Never Forget Jett Greyhound

Will Never Forget Jett Greyhound

Two years ago today the light of my life – Jett greyhound – died. He left a big hole in my heart. Jett loved people and kids. Although he didn’t have a therapy dog designation, he went to middle school and kindergarten. He met famous […]

Hot Weather Safety Tips for Dogs and Cats, Tucson

Hot Weather Safety Tips for Dogs and Cats, Tucson

May is too soon to be triple digits in Tucson; the weather gods are simply not cooperating. What does that mean for your dogs and cats? As their protectors you must be extra diligent in keeping them cool and safe.  Hot cars: Never, leave your […]

Best Kind of Failure – Greyhound Foster Failure

Best Kind of Failure – Greyhound Foster Failure

Foster failure greyhound
Lovely Lily

Failure is never as pretty except when it’s foster failure.  For the uninitiated, that means just say you are fostering a dog (or cat, bird, rabbit, horse) and that dog never leaves your house. You adopt the dog and love that dog for the rest of his or her life. I think it’s called foster failure because you failed to adopt the dog to another person or household. But really it should have a more positive spin than foster failure.

Lily greyhound was my first foster failure.

The year was 1999 in Southern California and I was bordering on the brink of failing to afford my balloon mortgage payment and trying to be self-employed; not a sound economic strategy. The year before I adopted Painter greyhound.

The adoption group now know as Fast Friends called to ask if I could foster and I thought sure why not, it’s not like I can afford another dog.

I went to pick her up and was told that she peed and pooped in her crate and they seemed eager to give her to me. Thrilled, actually. Her name was Birdie; I hated that name.

She walked into my house with so much attitude and jumped on the couch in five minutes. She was all of 2 years 3 months old. Her racing name was Impatient Roar and she exited racing at such a young age because she caused interference. I didn’t pay attention to these clues.

She was a handful from day one. Where Painter was 99 percent good boy, her whole life she hovered around 65 percent I’ll be good if I want to be mode.

I tried not to bond with her.                                                                                

Lily greyhound
Foot wash? Water bowl?

 

I needed to take her to the vet to be spayed and because I had to fly to San Jose for a new client meeting also had Painter in the car as I was dropping him off at a friend’s house. The day was hot so I took both dogs into the vet office and when Painter came back into the car alone – he cried –loudly.

When I picked him up after my trip and brought him home, he went from room to room looking for her. He seemed depressed. When I brought her back after the spay, both were overjoyed to see each other. She seemed to be on better behavior too.

When the adoption group said they were sending over potential adopters, my heart sank. Eventually push came to shove and she stayed. I foster failed and I paid for her on an installment plan.

The day I made the decision to keep her I called her Lily and she responded.

Lily lived to 12 years 9 months so we shared many mischievous years together. Her nickname was Drama Queen and she responded to it. I will save some of those stories for another time.

Diesel the Dog seeks his forever home

Diesel the Dog seeks his forever home

My name is Diesel and I’m about 5 years old. I’m probably a mix of Australian Shepherd, Boxer and Pit, but I’m not exactly sure. My parents will be adding a baby to the family, and unfortunately, I do not handle being around children very […]

Adopt your new best friend – April 14, Tucson

Adopt your new best friend – April 14, Tucson

Adopt Love Adopt Local 2018 4th annual mega adoption event at Tucson Expo Center from 9 am to 4 pm. Free admission. Free parking. Please leave your pets at home. Family-friendly, canine entertainment. Meet dozens of cat and dog rescue groups and shelters. Who’s going […]

Year of the Dog – Bow Wow

Year of the Dog – Bow Wow

Year of the Dog - Tucson
Brown Earth Dog – Zeus*

In Chinese astrology each zodiac year (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig) is not just associated with an animal sign, but also one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth…the year of 2018 meets element of Earth, so 2018 is an Earth Dog Year.

In my opinion, not only is it the Year of Dog but it’s the Day of the Dog, 365 days of the year.  Sorry cat people, dogs rule in my home and in my heart.

The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac. You are a “Dog,” if born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018. Year of the Dog begins on February 16, 2018.

The Chinese Horoscope 2018 predicts that this year of the Brown Earth Dog is going to be a good year in all respects, but it will also be an exhausting year. You will be happy, yet frustrated; rested, yet tired; cheerful, yet dull. Planning, postponing and negligence are words you will need to remove from your vocabulary during this year.

Trump was born in the Year of the Dog (1946) but is the only U.S. president who has no dog. What the bow wow?

*ZEUS -kenneled with multiple other dogs and has done great and LOVES his toys! Been at PACC for 100 days which is far too long for a sweet, young and lovely dog. He’s one of the longest stay dogs just because he has a silly bump on his head. It’s a benign tumor but potential adopters look at him and say, “What’s wrong with his head?”  Email his champion Christy.holliger@gmail.com to learn more or just come visit him.

Source:  —>Year of the Dog

My Senior Pet Project by A Tucson Tail Blog

My Senior Pet Project by A Tucson Tail Blog

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Everyone has a passion (I hope) or a desire to make their community (or the world) a better place. Lofty? I think not. One of my passions is senior dogs, but I’ll add senior cats so as not […]