Sweet Senior Solutions!

Where did it all go?

I am, of course, referring to the years of one’s life. From the minutia that we are already over half-way through the month of March to the rather broader acceptance that this coming November will see me turn seventy-three!

The trick to surviving these senior years is to focus on living in the present moment as much as one can and not worrying about the world around us or where on earth it is all heading to!

Yes, this living in the present lark is so much easier to write than it is to practice. If only we had the same knack of living in the present that our dogs do. Take, for example, dear old Pharaoh. Now well into his thirteenth year (he will be fourteen in June) he really struggles to move around with his very weak rear hips. He frequently poops himself and just as frequently has to be assisted by me or Jean to get him onto his feet. But is there ever a complaint from the old man? No! Never!

Every evening when we are all ready to go to bed and the dogs are let out for their night-time ‘pee’, Pharaoh always comes up to Jean and nuzzles her and enjoys having his head fondly stroked by Jean. What a stoic, wonderful dog he is.

So after yesterday’s post about dear old Roman up in Seattle how serendipitous it was to read yesterday the following item over on the Mother Nature Network site.

It is republished here.

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9 sweet reminders why you should adopt a senior pet

Mary Jo DiLonardo   March 13, 2017

Older rescue dogs have a leg up on younger dogs when it comes to napping skills. (Photo: ShawshankRedemption/imgur)

When you decide to bring a new pet into your home, it can be tempting to pick up a puppy or kitten. They’re all cuteness and goofiness and you know that hopefully they’ll be with you for a healthy, long life. But there’s a special place in animal lover’s heaven — or at least boatloads of good karma — for people who adopt older pets. They don’t know the animal’s history and know their time with them is limited, but they open their hearts and homes just the same.

Here’s a look at some of these sweet senior adoptions that will make your heart melt.

Reddit user ShawshankRedemption got the sweet rescue dog above, who apparently really knows how to nap. “The pound had guessed her at 14 when they picked her off the street and the vet doesn’t bother to guess. Medical costs have been ok, it was just a lot at first since she was sick and malnourished from being neglected,” he writes. “I have to say it’s all been worth it.”

Polly was given up to a shelter by her owner, who offered to pay to have her euthanized. (Photo: rocknroll_heart/Reddit)

Reddit user rocknroll_heart adopted Polly, a special needs senior dog that was about to be euthanized. She’s deaf and had to have dental surgery because of major issues with her teeth.

“I’ll be honest — I was a little worried about adopting a senior dog because I knew I’d be devastated if I only had a limited time with her,” she writes. ” However, I’ve made it my mission to make sure her limited time here would be the best time a dog could ever have because she hasn’t had the best of care up until now. Now I’d like to only adopt senior dogs because I see how happy she is now, and I’m sure there are many out there who need that level of care as well.”

Steve Greig hangs out with his dogs, while posing for the RescueMen charity calendar. (Photo: wolfgang2242/Instagram)

Steve Greig’s house in Colorado is kind of a sanctuary for mostly senior dogs and the occasional pig and rabbit. He’s been featured on a RescueMen charity calendar and is constantly opening his home to older pets in need of a place to stay.

“I get asked a lot about how I managed to cope with the inevitable heartbreak that comes with senior dog adoption. I think that the heartbreak is offset by the increased appreciation I have for life specifically because I have a house full of seniors,” Greig writes on his popular Instagram account.

“When you are young or when your pets are young its easy to take them (and everything else) for granted. The end is so far away that you don’t even think about it and it’s easy to overlook the intricate beauty of the daily dance … Having senior pets helps to change that pattern and slow everything down. I watch them so closely. I help them with things that younger pets can do for themselves and so I get to celebrate the ordinary; days when everyone eats all their food, the nights we are able to go for a walk, the times they don’t need any medicine, or the times when the medicine they do need cures them. Those little things make me stop and feel that everything is right in the world at that moment. It makes me look around and take stock of all the love in my life, and smile about the love that has been there before.”

Pepper’s new owner doesn’t know how he lost his left ear. (Photo: CallMeAl_/Reddit)

Senior cat Pepper was given up for adoption when his owner moved to a place that doesn’t allow cats. Reddit user CallMeAl_ says the kitty was obviously well loved and well cared for. She believes his owner was elderly and had to move to a senior facility.

“That broke my heart imagining someone crying while dropping off this sweet sweet cat,” she writes.

Rocky lounges after a walk. (Photo: trebleKat/Reddit)

Reddit users termisique and trebleKat adopted Rocky, an 11-year-old German shepherd and harrier hound mix dog that no one else would rescue. Their cat is still adjusting to the new roommate, but Rocky is certainly getting comfortable in his new home.

“He is missing most of his teeth and has hip dysplasia, but is sweet and well trained. Our plan is to spoil him and keep him happy for the rest of his days.”

Molly says Otitis is very empathetic and can tell when she’s having a bad day. (Photo: Adventures of Otitis/Facebook)

When Molly Lichtenwalner met Otitis, the senior white cat had been surrendered by his family who couldn’t afford to pay for the surgery to have his ears removed. Now earless, he’s no longer suffering from painful cysts, but he certainly has an unusual appearance.

“When I came across Otitis, I knew he was the perfect cat for me,” Lichtenwalner told the Dodo. “He was an older, special needs cat that I knew needed the home and love that I absolutely knew I could give him. I found out later that many people asked about him, but no one ever put in an application for him — I was the first.”

Lichtenwalner is writing a children’s book based on Otitis about discovering how your disability can make you special. You can follow the kitty’s exploits on Facebook and Instagram.

Reddit user sicwriter adopted this sweet older corgi/collie mix. (Photo: sicwriter/imgur)

Reddit user sicwriter posted adorable images of this older corgi/collie mix, who he adopted. “Rescued my new best friend a month ago — a reminder that older dogs need homes too!”

Can you tell where Midnight ends and the blanket begins? (Photo: Kaalb/Reddit)

Midnight has feline herpes and extra toes, but her illness and polydactyl tendencies didn’t stop Reddit user Kaalb from adopting the beautiful senior kitty.

“She’s a cuddle bug and adorable!” she writes.

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This is what life is all about!

(P.S. Don’t forget to keep looking for a loving home for Senior Roman.)

 

21 thoughts on “Sweet Senior Solutions!

  1. I turned 50 last year & can’t help but think about time & how I have to cram everything in that I want to do.
    In the past, I have adopted older dogs. Melanie was a terrific gal. She ended up living for quite a few years after I got her. We had great times together including 2 cross country moves.
    Senior dogs make wonderful companions.

  2. Lots of lovely stories here Paul.. And we have rescued cats in the past.. the oldest being only a young 7year old cat… whom we had for another wonderful 7 yrs.. Now my hubby is 70 this year and would agree with you on many of your points Paul.. 🙂 And good to be catching up with you again Paul

  3. A lovely post and one that I heartily agree with. Senior pets make wonderful companions and one can sense the animal’s gratitude for coming into your home. All they want is a loving and caring home with an owner that will provide appropriate food, a warm bed and veterinary care that will ease their pain. It’s not hard to do. Currently I have four dogs past the age of 13 or14 (2 are on hemp for pain and one is getting BP med daily. and they are all doing very well. Three dogs are under 3 years old and the chocolate lab is 8-9 (can’t remember for sure).

    I would never consider giving up an animal because it was old. Conscience should lead one to do the right thing. Wait till those horrible folks get old. Karma has a way of coming back to bite you in the butt.

    1. What I am hearing in your response is, to put it into my words, that if opens one’s heart to an animal then one will always tap into that conscious you refer to.

      1. More or less. My idea of getting and caring for an animal for (its lifetime) should be because one loves the animal. If the person has a conscience then he/she will continue to care for the animal no matter its age or infirmities. Of course there are exceptions. Not everyone has the resources to pay for an elderly animal’s meds and vet care. In that case the kind thing to do is have the old pet euthanized- that is if one can’t find someone that would love that older cat or dog. And in reality it’s pretty hard to find someone who is willing to take on some one’s problem dog or cat. I personally think that if a person can’t afford to take proper care of a pet then that person should not get a pet. Now many folks will disagree with me but that is simply how I feel.

        The (no) conscience enters into the picture when a person takes the old dog or cat to the shelter after having had it for years. That is simply cruel and that is why I wrote that (if a person has a conscience) they will not dump their pet at the shelter or out on the street.

        I know this is lengthy and I apologize. I am having a hard time getting my thoughts into words. I hope this is a better explanation.

  4. Just as any senior (anyone, really, because our food is lacking nutrients, especially minerals), like me, my cat, Abby, requires extra help, so I give her liquid multi-vitamins and minerals, extra Vit.. C (animals lose their ability to produce Vit. C), and coconut oil (a dementia preventative). She is going on18.

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