Award-winning blog Grouchy Puppy is host to San Francisco writer Sharon Castellanos's funny, poignant observations about the human-animal bond and our remarkable relationship with dogs. In recent years, it has also been an important source for insights into the joys and sorrows of loving a senior dog.
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.