Our recent post Keeping Your Senior Dog Active suggested training can improve the physical and mental health of senior dogs and help them adjust to age-related challenges. In this follow-up, we also recommend several articles by expert dog trainer and Grey Muzzle Advisory Board Member Mikkel Becker.
Bob Jachens is founder and director of German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California's Thulani Program . The Grey Muzzle Organization has provided grants to help support the program since it was founded in 2009. One of the worst nightmares for a rescue intake evaluator is to find a good dog at a shelter that does not have long to live, but is in relatively good shape with some quality time left to it. Such dogs have virtually no chance of being adopted from the shelter, yet don’t deserve to spend their final moments among strangers in the back room of the shelter. It just isn’t right. And it...
The first sign of aging that most owners notice with their dog is arthritis. You might see some slowness when your dog gets up, stiffness, and even limping for the first few steps in the morning or after a long nap. Don’t ignore aches and pains in your old friend; there are things you can do to make your dog healthier and more comfortable.
We all want to grow old with our canine friends by our side, but some seniors find themselves unable to afford care for their dogs. Sean Hawkins of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando explains how his organization keeps vulnerable pets out of shelters by helping seniors provide their companions with necessary care.
Those who have had the pleasure of sharing their lives with a senior dog probably can‘t imagine allowing them to end up at a local humane society or animal control facility. Yet, shelters care for many old dogs every day. For this article, Grey Muzzle asked experts to share the common reasons for senior dogs being in shelters.
A wiry-haired, 14-year-old Chihuahua mix is taking the Internet by storm this year. Her name is Susie, and she’s on a mission to connect homeless older dogs with the family that will love them. Meet Susie - and Erin O'Sullivan, the woman behind Susie's Senior Dogs - and learn how they are helping senior dogs in need.