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By: Kirstyn Northrop cobb   Almost a year ago, I wrote an article about a senior poodle that I brought in. I named him Spike. Spike was a fifteen year old boy. He was vision impaired and hearing impaired when I brought him in. In time, we would discover that he had gone into heart failure and would soon become …

As I write this blog about senior pets who need homes for the holidays, Doodles, a tiny 10-year-old, formerly stray Chihuahua whose life before me remains a dark mystery, snores sweetly on my lap. I recently adopted her from In the Arms of Angels, a Tucson, Ariz., group that received one of the Petfinder Foundation’s photography grants. The photos of …

Recently, I went to a class at an animal shelter and I wound up coming home with 2 foster cats. While the seniors have always struck me more than any other age, these two were a special case. Their names are Pye and Kimby, and they have lived together for the last 14 years. Pye is 14 and Kimby is …

You might already be familiar with Dr. B from his blog posts here or his radio program, Pet Talk with Dr. B. Well, he’s making a special guest appearance on our Facebook page next week for our Senior Pets 101 Live Q&A! I know I often claim to feel like a senior during the cold winter months when my joints …

When Deej Barens, New Westminster, BC, began looking for a condo to buy, her No. 1 priority was to find one that allowed cats because she had already spotted one she wanted to adopt that was listed on Petfinder by HomeFinders Animal Rescue Society in Vancouver, BC. “When I saw his pictures on Petfinder, they just stole my heart, especially the one …

Like many others,  this is the time of year when I think about all that I am thankful for. A wonderful son, check. An excellent job, check. A new husband that I adore, double check! But, this year it’s not just the normal go around of being thankful for everything that makes me smile. This year I am also sad …

Babies, adults or seniors? Our October newsletter survey asked what age pets you prefer to adopt. Only 16% prefer babies. Adults came in at 35%, but a whopping 48% of you are gung-ho for geezers. Nearly half of you who would prefer to adopt (or did adopt) seniors or adults said that it was because they have the toughest time …

A few years ago, my Toy Poodle Digger turned thirteen. Being raised a Jewish dog, my family felt that we should mark his adulthood by throwing him a Bar(k) Mitzvah. To honor the meaning of his Bark Mitzvah — and to not be viewed as completely insane by our neighbors — my family decided to make the event a fundraiser …

Senior pets, like people, can suffer mental decline that is not considered a normal part of aging. Last time we wrote about how one form of dementia — cognitive dysfunction syndrome or CDS — can be delayed or prevented with thinking games. This week we’re looking at how a change in diet and exercise might delay its progress. (Read all …

Brinx is a healthy senior lab mix at Save-A-Pet in Grayslake, IL. Senior pets, like people, can suffer mental decline that is not considered a normal part of aging. Last time we wrote about how cognitive dysfunction syndrome, or CDS, is diagnosed. This week we’re looking at how using environmental enrichment can prevent or delay it. (Read all our CDS …