Blog the Change for Seniors
Today is “Blog the Change for Animals” day a special event sponsored by Be The Change 4 Animals. It’s a day when pet bloggers & pet lovers come together and blog about animal causes that are near & dear to them in an effort to raise awareness and support for their cause.
We write about pet health & fitness most of the time here at SlimDoggy, but today, in honor of Blog the Change we’re going to write about another cause that is near & dear to us and that is senior dogs. We’ve had senior dogs in our household since 2003 when our chocolate lab Sally turned eight. Since then our senior family has included:
- Tino – rescued at age 1 and lived to 14.5
- Becca – adopted at age 9 and lived to age twelve
- Jack – adopted at age 8
- Maggie – adopted at age 8
As you can see, we’ve had quite a senior line-up and will undoubtedly adopt seniors from now on. Senior dogs are usually the last ones picked in the shelter and are typically very hard to place. Maybe folks are worried about the medical expenses or of losing them too soon or just the grey whiskers, I don’t know, but it’s a fact that they are harder to place.
But senior dogs have so many benefits over younger dogs or puppies.
- They love quiet walks on the beach
- The love relaxing before a warm fire
- Raining? no problem, we can stay in
- No more chewing your shoes
- No more counter-surfing
- No more dragging you down the street on your walks
Seniors are just better behaved. Sure, they might have a bit more baggage, but doesn’t everyone as you get older. But what comes with that baggage is a great capacity for love, and the love they have to give is unconditional, the wisdom and gentleness in their eyes is deep and gracious. They are so thankful to just be fed regularly, have a few nice walks, a warm bed and maybe a few snuggles.
As you know, we have also been nominated for DogTime Media’s Pettie Award for Best Mobile Phone App. We are also happy to announce the beneficiary of our $1,000 award money if we win the Petties Award.
That beneficiary will be LABRADORS + FRIENDS DOG RESCUE of San Diego. This organization has created a special fund called the Agnes Fund that is earmarked for helping senior pets find their forever homes. The fund was created in honor of a wonderful senior turned into the rescue who found her forever home even at her advanced age. You can read about the fund here.
Of course we have to win the Pettie Award in order to donate the money, so be sure to vote for us everyday in the month of July. Vote HERE.
We’re doing double duty with this post – calling attention to senior dogs and their need to be rescued and calling for your vote for the Best Mobile Phone App Pettie Award so that we can donate the $1,000 prize money to Labradors + Friends Agnes Fund. Please vote for us and, even if we don’t win the Pettie, please consider adopting a Senior the next time you are looking for a new dog to join your family.
Blog the Change Founders Kim Clune and Amy Burkert proudly sponsor Blog the Change.