Miss Divinity – Rest in Peace

Divinity was a sweet, quite, gentle little lady; a retired Therapy Dog.

Divinity - RIPDecember 1, 1999 to September 10, 2014


Note: The first post on Divinity’s blog is a Sticky” and is a tribute to my beloved Miss Divinity. Divinity’s passing notice will always remain at the top of her Home Page

To read new posts, please scroll down the page.

Sincerely,

Divinity’s Dad

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Senior Sunday – Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary

This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in Petaluma, CA.

Lily's Legacy

 

From Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary website

Lily’s Legacy is a volunteer run nonprofit organization based in Petaluma, CA. Our mission is to provide a safe and loving home for senior large breed dogs who have been displaced from their homes and/or abandoned for any reason, until they are adopted or to remain at the sanctuary until they pass on.

Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3), all-volunteer, non-profit organization established in 2009 to provide a safe and loving home for senior large breed dogs who have been displaced from their homes and/or abandoned for any reason. Each dog coming into our sanctuary receives a thorough medical evaluation and treatment as nece​ssary, as well as temperament assessment. If the dog is adoptable, a home that will meet his or her emotional, medical and daily needs is sought. Dogs that are not adoptable, for whatever reason, remain at the sanctuary or in permanent foster home for the remainder of their natural lives. We provide hospice care as needed. Our dogs come from both shelters and owner surrenders.

Our mission is to ensure that each of our dogs will live out the rest of his/her life as a well-loved family companion; in a forever adoptive home, in a foster home or here at the sanctuary. Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary is one of the few rescues in California focusing on senior, large breed dogs, those most at risk in the shelters.

Lily's Legacy

 


Seniors have a lot to offer, we just need to be willing to watch, listen, and learn… (Divinity’s Dad, 2012)


Here are some, but not all of the senior dogs currently available for adoption from Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary.

 

Lady

Lady

​Beautiful, brilliant, loyal Lady is a 7-years young German Shepherd.

Lady was a heartworm positive stray rescued from a local shelter who had had a bit of a rough time before coming to Lily’s Legacy. We successfully treated her for heartworm and the Lady we know now has plenty of energy for walking, hiking and playing. When you just want to relax, she instantly switches to “cuddle mode.” She especially loves belly rubs!

Lady needs to learn how to make friends one dog at a time so she’ll do best as an only dog to start with a strong leader who is German Shepherd dog savvy (preferably one who works from home or is home a lot).

Lady has been going on field trips with her trainer, and is learning about the world. She has excellent manners in public. At pet stores, she’ll sniff the biscuits and toys…but not help herself. She’s very smart and a quick learner.

Lady is a very loving dog is hoping for her very own person to love her back!

To learn more about Lady, click the link to her Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog SanctuaryAdoption page

 

Chase

Chase

Cute Chase is a 9/10-year-old Lab/Aussie/Cattle dog mix who came to us from Yuba City. Chase passed his vet intake exam with flying colors and is a healthy boy. He’s doing well with the other dogs, both on and off leash (except that he doesn’t like to share his toys with them). Chase mostly is into some one on one time with a Lily’s volunteer who will take him out to explore and smell and do all those things dogs love to do. If there’s another dog walking with him, that’s just fine but his focus is on what smells he can pick up and so many other interesting things.

Chase walks well on a leash, knows the sit command and, to a lesser degree the come command. We love Chase’s bat ears that flap when he walks and his cute little cropped tail. Not sure what happened to it but it’s adorable.

To learn more about Chase, click the link to his Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog SanctuaryAdoption page

 

Hannah

Hannah

Hannah is a 12-year old, 60-pound German Shepherd/ Husky mix, who lost her home when her human had to move. It was very sad for both of them. This was the second home Hannah lost. In her first home she was a companion dog for a wheelchair bound person. Hannah ended up in a shelter when her person had to go into an elder care facility. Then she was adopted by her second family and then they couldn’t keep her.

Hannah’s settled in and happy at Lily’s but she’s really hoping that her forever person is out there. She’s housebroken, spayed and good with kids and cats. Hannah doesn’t hear as well as she used to and her arthritis slows her down sometimes, but she has a HUGE heart and will love you more than you can imagine. Hannah is the perfect companion for someone whose looking for a low key, mellow dog.

To learn more about Hannah, click the link to her Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog SanctuaryAdoption page

 

Jesse

Jesse

Jesse is a super nice and gentle Labrador Retriever (approximately 10-years old). A good Samaritan found him as a stray and took him to Lily’s.

Jesses loving all the attention he’s getting from Lily’s Angels volunteers and he loves chillin’ with his bunk mates in our barn but he’s ready for his new pack to come and take him home.

Jesse‘s good with other pups and he loves people. He’s healthy, housebroken and good on a leash. He does have a bit of arthritis on his hind legs and he’s hard of hearing. No big deal.

Bottom line, Jesse is just an easy going guy who will be your best friend and devoted companion. He basically needs a soft, warm bed and the love and attention of someone who is home a lot of the time.

To learn more about Jesse, click the link to his Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog SanctuaryAdoption page

 

Lucy
 Lucy

Lucy, an 11-year-old Labrador Retriever mix (cattle dog? Aussie?) is a very special pup who was surrendered by her elderly owner when he could no longer care for her. Lucy is super sweet, gets along well with the other senior pups at Lily’s (although she doesn’t like to share her toys with them) and has a happy spirit. Lucy has some back end weakness and can be a little wobbly but has been getting stronger since she’s been at our sanctuary. She is getting daily exercise and is building up those muscles. It’s amazing the difference this makes. A best home will be one that has a yard so she can go in and out on her own.

Lucy will be your devoted companion and just wants a warm bed, loving care and someone she can love back. Loving is one of the things she does really well. What a great face to wake up to every morning to and have by your side during your day.

To learn more about Lucy, click the link to her Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog SanctuaryAdoption page

 

Rex

Rex

Rex is a handsome, healthy 9-years young German Shepherd. Rex is an owner surrender but for all the right reasons. After a divorce, he lived with his owner’s sister for the past year. Rex has always been well cared for and loved. When she could no longer give him the time he deserved, she did the right thing and surrendered him to Lily’s.

Rex loves to play! Whether it’s fetch, tug o’war, or chasing water from the hose, this playful pup is a true delight. He also loves long walks. Rex gets along well with other dogs, is a trained Canine Good Citizen!

Rex loves the long walks he takes with his foster mom and is very smart. He’s gentle, mellow and loves being with people. Rex is the perfect Shepherd companion pup, and he will make a wonderful companion. Will it be you?

To learn more about Rex, click the link to his Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog SanctuaryAdoption page

 


 

Cole Gets a Swim Workout

 


 

Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary contact links

To learn about all the dogs, that Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary has available for adoption, click the following links:

Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary Website

Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary Facebook

Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary Twitter

Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary YouTube

Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary All Available Dogs for Adoption


 

Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs

Note: This map is presented with kind permission from Senior Pups

Click the “Brackets” on the right-side in the Map Header below to view the full-size map

The Dog that saved the Big Cats

Every week I read on-line news from a dozen or so news site around the world. This week I read an article I think Divinity’s readers might enjoy.

Persian Leopard cubs were rejected by their mother, but they are were saved by new-mom Golden Retriever, Tessi.

Tessi the foster mother dog

Without the foster mother it is likely the cubs would have died. The mother at Sadgorod Zoo in Vladivostok rejected her two cubs possibly because she herself was born in a zoo.

Note: This story is from the Siberian Times.

Tessi the dog stepped in and she feeds them alongside her four puppies. Zoo co-owner Alyona Asnovina said: ‘We tried to feed them ourselves, but they sucked very badly and we had to urgently search for a feeding mom.

Tessi feeding her pups and the cubs

‘We found a great foster mom in Golden Retriever Tessi. ‘She gave birth recently to four nice puppies and has a lot of milk.

The feeding cubs

‘Many thanks to the owner, we would have had hard times without Tessi.’

Sadly one kitten is very weak with a congenital heart and lung defect according to X-ray and ultrasound. I do not know if she will survive or not. We hope for the best.’ Zoo vet Viktor Agafonov is more optimistic,

‘For three weeks the dog has been feeding this female kitten.

‘The dynamic is very positive – the baby is gaining weight, she is actively trying to play.

‘She bites her adoptive mother and feels very well.’

The dynamic is very positive - the baby is gaining weight, she is actively trying to play

 

 

Senior Sunday – Groot

This weeks Senior Sunday post is a bit different. This week we focus on an specific senior dog, instead of a senior dog rescue.

Note: The Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network is currently fostering many senior Cairn Terriers that are available for adoption!

Groot


 

From the Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network website

Please welcome Groot. He’s an eleven-year-old Cairn who loves everyone! Groot is a quiet and distinguished gentleman, who wants to cuddle up with his human on the couch and receive belly rubs. Groot prefers to be with his people and is very quiet; he hasn’t even barked while at his foster home.

Groot

Groot gets along with the resident dog and other dogs he meets in the park and store. He doesn’t even mind the resident cat. Groot is crate trained and house trained, and loves to chase toys – especially ones that squeak!

Groot

Groot has been in foster care for 173 days! Groot really, really wants his own Furever Home, and he just knows you are out there!

Groot

Groot is being fostered in Akron, Ohio and you can apply for him by clicking the link to his Adoption page

Groot

 


Seniors have a lot to teach, we just need to be willing to watch, listen, and learn… (Divinity’s Dad, 2012)


 

Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network contact links

To learn about all the dogs, that the Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network has available for adoption, click the following links:

Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network Website

Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network Facebook

Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network Twitter

Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network All Available Cairns for Adoption

 


 

Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs

Note: This map is presented with kind permission from Senior Pups

Click the “Brackets” on the right-side in the Map Header below to view the full-size map

Senior Sunday – Shades Of Grey Sanctuary For Senior Dogs

This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on the Shades Of Grey Sanctuary For Senior Dogs in Plum, PA.

Shades Of Grey Sanctuary For Senior Dogs

 

From the Shade of Grey Sanctuary website

Shades Of Grey Sanctuary For Senior Dogs is an integral part of Southwest Pennsylvania Retriever Rescue Org. It is included in the SPARRO business plan and as such is a federally recognized 501c3 non profit.

Shades Of Grey Sanctuary For Senior Dogs was developed when we saw just how many senior dogs where in need of rescue with no hope of ever getting out of the shelters. Sadly, these beautiful and loyal dogs have been abandon through no fault of their own most times and people are often not willing to adopt a dog they may only get to love for a few years instead of a lifetime.

We have found that those few months or years are often the most happy and joyful times these dogs have ever known and they are especially wonderful for us. We live to see the smiles of the seniors each day who look at us and with their eyes say “THANK YOU” for giving us more quality time in a home where we are loved and treasured. SPARRO rescues and re-homes the young adoptable dogs that every family wants, but Shades Of Grey Sanctuary For Senior Dogs gives a future to the old dogs that most have forgotten about. In most cases, the seniors that come into Shades Of Grey Sanctuary For Senior Dogs are forever residents and are not available for adoption. WE are their family now and we don’t give up family members!

 


Seniors have a lot to offer, we just need to be willing to watch, listen, and learn… (Divinity’s Dad, 2012)

Note: Please share this post on your social media so that others can learn about these wonderful senior dogs. It’s the only way to spread the word about these seniors who need homes.


 

Here are some, but not all of the senior dogs currently available for adoption from the Shades Of Grey Sanctuary For Senior Dogs.

Kyra

Kyra

Kyra came to us in pretty rough shape. She had fur loss from being covered in fleas. Kyra was very thin, she was shy and she was also nursing a litter of puppies. In the months Kyra has been at SPARRO, she has really come out of her shell. Kyra is now a friendly and outgoing dog who loves people and other dogs.

Kyra has a beautiful soft coat of hair, and her puppies have been weaned and found great homes. Now it is time for Kyra to get a home of her own. Kyra is up to date with vaccinations, wormed, house trained, and crate trained.

Kyra is very active and does jump up on people, so small kids might not be the best for her. Kyra has a very strong interest in small animals, so a home without cats would be best.

To learn more about Kyra, click the link to her Shades Of Grey Sanctuary For Senior DogsAdoption page

 

Anubis

Anubis

Anubis came to us from a rural shelter where she turned up pregnant. Anubis had 7 beautiful pups and is now ready for adoption.

We are not exactly sure what she is, but Anubis seems to have features of a pit bull, but that is just a guess. Anubis is up to date with all vetting, but has not been spayed because of just finishing nursing her pups. Anubis loves people and snuggling and is GREAT with other dogs.

To learn more about Anubis, click the link to her Shades Of Grey Sanctuary For Senior DogsAdoption page

 


 

Shades Of Grey Sanctuary For Senior Dogs contact links

To learn about all the dogs, that the Shade of Grey Sanctuary has available for adoption, click the following links:

* Shades Of Grey Sanctuary For Senior Dogs Website

* Shades Of Grey Sanctuary For Senior Dogs Facebook

* Shades Of Grey Sanctuary For Senior Dogs All Available Dogs


 

Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs

Note: This map is presented with kind permission from Senior Pups

Click the “Brackets” on the right-side in the Map Header below to view the full-size map

November is adopt a senior pet month

There are numerous reasons that make older pets a great option for families looking to adopt a pet.…

CALM, COOL, AND COLLECTED

Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Older pets are typically calmer than puppies and kittens, often content with a more relaxing day-to to-day routine. As we all know, puppies and kittens, though very fun, are often more rambunctious and may find themselves getting into mischief when they get bored.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Senior Adoption

The low-key, mellow nature of older pets makes them a great fit for households with children. Before ending up in shelters, senior pets often come from some sort of family life which makes adjusting to a new home environment much easier than it could be for puppies or kittens.

YOU CAN TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS

Senior Pet

Senior pets are often already trained and may even be pros at performing basic commands. The great news is that even if they’re not, they are much easier to train than younger animals. Their experience around humans, along with more established physical and mental abilities, allow them to better understand the requested commands and pick up new tasks much faster than puppies or kittens.

COMMITMENT ISSUES

Senior

Unlike young pets, senior pets are not a 24-7 commitment. Many new pet owners underestimate the time and commitment it takes to properly train a new puppy. Because of their relaxing lifestyle, senior dogs they also don’t require the constant attention and exercise that comes with young pets. Of course, they still love to play with the family, they just don’t require as much of your focus and energy.

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET

Your Age

With senior pets, you know exactly what you’re getting. Senior pets’ personalities are already developed so you can tell right away if they will be a good fit for your family. Even things like their size, energy level, and health status are already established so you know exactly what to expect with your new pet.

LOVE

Dream-Time

Story after story suggests that senior pets are especially grateful for their new home. They seem to know they’ve been rescued and owners often notice an extra special sense of love and appreciation from their senior pet.

The list can go on and on, but most importantly, when you adopt a senior pet, or even share knowledge about the need for senior pet adoptions, you are truly saving a life. We, on behalf of all the shelters and senior pets out there, thank you for that.

H/T: Petfinder

 

Senior Sunday – Senior Dog Haven and Hospice

This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on the Senior Dog Haven and Hospice that is located in Wilmington, DE.

Senior Dog Haven and Hospice

 

From the Senior Dog Haven and Hospice website

The mission of Senior Dog Haven & Hospice is to rescue and re-home senior dogs (age 7 and older) and to offer hospice care to rescued senior dogs in our program.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that incorporated in June 2012. SDH&H is an all volunteer foster based organization located in Delaware. Our goal is to be there for the older dogs who have been abandoned at a time in their life when their need for comfort, companionship and care is at it’s highest.

Senior Dog Haven & Hospice, Inc. (SDH&H) was formed in June 2012 by four Delaware residents. The purpose of SDH&H is to rescue the increasing number of homeless or soon-to-be homeless senior dogs (age 7 and above) from area shelters and place them in temporary volunteer foster homes with the purpose of finding them new loving forever homes. We will also accept terminally ill senior dogs and those too old or frail too be part of our adoption program, and place them into experienced permanent foster homes where they will live as a family member until their end. Our activities will focus initially on homeless senior dogs in shelters or being surrendered by their owners in the Tri-State (DE, MD & NJ) area.

 


Seniors have a lot to teach, we just need to be willing to watch, listen, and learn… (Divinity’s Dad, 2012)


 

Here are some, but not all of the senior dogs currently available for adoption from the Senior Dog Haven and Hospice.

Winnie

Winnie

Meet Winnie who joined our rescue after being picked up as a stray. Winnie came to us in pretty sad shape – severe dental disease, mammary tumors and skin issues. Winnie has been spayed, had tumors removed and received a dental surgery. Her senior blood work shows she is in great shape and she is now officially ready to find her forever home.

After a much needed grooming to clean up her mats, she is finally beginning to sprout new hair and looks so adorable! Winnie is blind and deaf, but that doesn’t stop her from getting around easily! It takes her about 2-3 days to learn a new environment and then she can navigate her home with ease! Winnie is house-trained, very quiet, spry and sweet and enjoys receiving snuggles. Winnie has shared a foster home with several dogs of large and small sizes as well as young children. She is great with everyone she meets!

To learn more about Winnie, click the link to her Senior Dog Haven and HospiceAdoption page

 

Louie

Louie

Louie, affectionately called “Mr.Louie” by his foster family is a most energetic and loving dog. At just around 6-pounds, our little Yorkie thrives on attention and cuddles from anyone who wants to show him love. Louie is spunky, loves exploring and at 11-years old, he has quite the pep in his step!

Louie is a very confident dog once he settles in to a new environment and because of this- Louie would do best in a home where he is the only dog or with another dog who isn’t very dominate. Louie is not a fighter, but will quarrel with another dog who tries to seek the same attention from his human. Ideally, a no dog household is best for Louie, but if you have a dog that would not mind to share your love and attention, then Louie would be just fine with that! He is great with kids and cats also. He shines as a constant companion and loves nothing more than to always be by your side.

Louie recently visited another foster home, while his foster family was on vacation, and he was very well behaved and adjusted beautifully! Louie does have Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Our Vet recommends a special digestive diet, low dose daily steroid, and a monthly B12 injection in order to properly absorb the nutrition he requires to stay healthy. Louie is also currently used to using potty training pads while inside the home, because he does have to relieve himself frequently due to the medicine he is prescribed. Louie is a dog that never fails to put a smile on your face. We know he will make the right forever family very happy!

To learn more about Louie, click the link to his Senior Dog Haven and HospiceAdoption page

 

Lady

Lady

Meet Lady! This sweet lab was found wandering the streets as a stray. Lady is estimated to be about 10-years old. Lady is a wonderful family dog who is accustomed to being around children of all ages. She is quiet, housebroken and is very polite towards other dogs. You will have to watch your plate around this silly girl, because she is always ready to help you finish a meal. Lady walks well on a leash and loves to go for car rides. Lady is a typical, happy, goofy lab! She enjoys receiving belly rubs and head scratches and will nudge you for attention. Lady would prefer a home without cats.

To learn more about Lady, click the link to her Senior Dog Haven and HospiceAdoption page

 

Marco

Marco

Meet Marco the Magnificent. Marco is a healthy ten year old Chihuahua mix. Marco ended up at the shelter because his former owner could no longer care for him. It is very apparent from his sweet demeanor that he was loved and well taken care of. Marco is an intelligent little guy who quickly learned how to fit into a new household. He is an affectionate fellow who likes to cuddle near you and enjoys lots of belly rubs. Marco plays well with the resident dog, is OK with cats, and he is house-trained and sleeps through the night. An added plus is his neat tidy way of eating–no food spread about. If you are looking for a friendly, lovable ,tail wagging dog – then this nicely behaved gentleman is one you should meet! Marco has been fine with children but would prefer a home without them due to his size and age.

To learn more about Marco, click the link to his Senior Dog Haven and HospiceAdoption page

 

Sunny Girl

Sunny Girl

Meet Sunny Girl! This beautiful Border Collie has lived a long life that we know was full of love. At 17, Sunny Girl found herself in a tough spot when both of her human parents became ill and could no longer care for her. Fortunately, she has adjusted very well in her foster home. Sunny has dental disease, but due to her advanced age is not a candidate for surgery. This does not stop her from having a healthy appetite and eating up everything you give her!

Sunny sometimes struggles to get around, but with her prescribed medicine she has been doing better, and better everyday. This is great news because she absolutely loves spending time outside. She loves nothing more than walking around the yard and exploring. Sunny is house-trained and great with other dogs, cats and other people. She lets nothing bother her! Sunny is deaf and is a very quiet dog who has never barked. She is the ultimate companion and always wants to be within sight of her caretakers. We hope that with the right family this beautiful eyed Sunny Girl can continue to live out her senior years with the comfort and care she so deserves.

To learn more about Sunny Girl, click the link to her Senior Dog Haven and HospiceAdoption page

 


 

These are Senior Dog Haven’s Hospice Dogs

Ella

Ella

Lizbeth

Lizbeth

 

Polo

Polo

 

Claire

Claire

 


 

 

 

 

 


Senior Dog Haven and Hospice contact links

To learn about all the dogs, that the Senior Dog Haven and Hospice has available for adoption, click the following links:

Senior Dog Haven and Hospice Website

Senior Dog Haven and Hospice Facebook

* Senior Dog Haven and Hospice All Available Pets

* Senior Dog Haven and Hospice Hospice Dogs


 

Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs

Note: This map is presented with kind permission from Senior Pups

Click the “Brackets” on the right-side in the Map Header below to view the full-size map