Senior Sunday – Gray Face Acres Senior Dog Rescue and Retreat

This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on Gray Face Acres Senior Dog Rescue and Retreat in Haymarket, Virginia.

Gray Face Acres Senior Dog Rescue and Retreat

From the Grey Face Acres website

We are Bob and Debbie. The two of us along with all of the precious rescued friends live on 10 beautiful, secluded acres in Haymarket, Virginia. We have been rescuing and fostering dogs for 13-years, and in April of 2016 started Gray Face Acres Senior Dog Rescue and Retreat. The mission of Gray face Acres is to provide the comfort and love of a home and family for senior dogs abandoned or left in shelters. We work with many of the local shelters taking senior dogs who have medical issues and other special needs, whose chances of adoption are slim to none. Many of them retire here with a life of love and comfort. Some cross over Rainbow bridge with us by their side, and not alone. Others are adopted into the loving homes of people we meet who also have big hearts for senior dogs.

After so many years of fostering, nearly 250 dogs, so many of the seniors ended up staying here. That is when we decided to make Gray Face Acres official, and continue focusing on the need to help our older four legged friends. We feel very strongly that it is not an option to leave the very senior and sick dogs in shelters to spend their final days, or weeks. We are growing our network of senior and hospice homes because our goal is to help as many senior dogs as we possibly can. We are a registered 501c3, all volunteer charity, entirely funded by ourselves and generous donors.

 


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 Gray Face Acres Senior Dog Rescue and Retreat.

Bocelli

Bocelli

My name is Bocelli! I’m a cute little Black and Tan guy. I am about 12 lbs and only about 4 years old!  At the shelter they thought I was older because i am completely blind, but the vets says I’m just a kid!  I have probably been blind for life because it does not really slow me down! In fact, nobody believes my foster mom when she tells them. I am a healthy, happy little love muffin!  If you sit down I will pile right into your lap and soak up the attention. I would be a great little lap dog or companion dog for anyone, including a senior person!!  They call me the Italian Lover!!.

To learn more about Bocelli, click the link to his Gray Face Acres Senior Dog Rescue and RetreatAdoption page

 

Gladys

Gladys

Gladys just arrived a few days ago and is settling in to her foster home. Foster mom says she is doing so well. She is sweet and friendly. Gladys was even very friendly on her first vet visit, and greeted everyone very nicely.

To learn more about Gladys, click the link to her Gray Face Acres Senior Dog Rescue and RetreatAdoption page

 

Skippy

Skippy

Skippy is a sweet, senior hound dog mix who is looking for his forever home. Not very much is known about his history. After apparently living for quite some time as a stray, he ended up at the Alexandria Welfare League of Alexandria. Skippy absolutely loves other dogs, he is a true pack animal.  He would do best in a home with at least one other dog. If you think that Skippy would fit into your life and home, please consider giving this deserving guy a safe and loving home for the rest of his years!

To learn more about Skippy, click the link to his Gray Face Acres Senior Dog Rescue and RetreatAdoption page

 

Bernie

Bernie

Bernie is a 9-year old Miniature Greater Swiss Mountain Dog we, have been told! He is simply lovable and Goofy. Benie gets along with all dogs and people he has met. He does enjoy attention and brushing.

Bernie’s ideal home would have a fenced yard with a comfy covered area where he can enjoy the outdoors most of the time. Also someone willing to work on him coming in the house. We have done that here often and he finds a bed and sleeps.  He still cant wait to go back outside..  he would do best with no small children.

To learn more about Bernie, click the link to his Gray Face Acres Senior Dog Rescue and RetreatAdoption page

 

Grey Face Acres contact links

To learn about all the dogs, Grey Face Acres has available for adoption, click the following links:

Gray Face Acres Senior Dog Rescue and Retreat Website

Gray Face Acres Senior Dog Rescue and Retreat Facebook

Gray Face Acres Senior Dog Rescue and Retreat Twitter

Gray Face Acres Senior Dog Rescue and Retreat Petfinder


 

Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs

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Ghost Dog: Afterlife & a loss for words

Ghost Dog

I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peek.
I could see that you were crying…you found it hard to sleep.

I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear.
“It’s me, I haven’t left you…I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.”

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea.
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.

I was with you at the shops today, your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today, you tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you that I am not lying there.

I walked with you toward the house, as you fumbled for your key,
I gently put my paw on you. I smiled and said, “It’s me.”

You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know that I was standing there.

It’s possible for me to be so near you every day.
To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.”

You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew…
In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.

The day is over…I smile and watch you yawning
And say, “Goodnight, God bless, I’ll see you in the morning.”

And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I’ll rush across to greet you and we will stand, side-by-side.

I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out…then come home to be with me.

-Author Unknown

H/T: Blind Dog Rescue Alliance, painting by Briton Riviere, digitally enhanced ‘ghost’ dog image by LissiS.

Senior Sunday – The St. Louis Senior Dog Project

This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on the St. Louis Senior Dog Project in St. Louis, Missouri.

From the St. Louis Senior Dog Project website

The St. Louis Senior Dog Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the state of Missouri. We are an all volunteer organization that rescues dogs of all ages but especially dogs 5-years of age and older.

We actively promote the adoption of older dogs. We spay/neuter all dogs, bring them up to date with shots, worming, microchipping and heartworm prevention. We provide our dogs with all necessary veterinary care, including treatment for such things as heartworm disease, kennel cough, pneumonia, intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections, fleas and ticks, and dental care.

Our regular adoption events are held at the Kirkwood Petco every 2nd and 4th Saturday 11AM and 3PM.  We always have many dogs present to come and see, and even more online!


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 St. Louis Senior Dog Project.

Tilley

Tilley

Tilley is around 10-years old. She is a tall hound. Very friendly and loving. loves to walk and play in the yard

To learn more about Tilley, click the link to her St. Louis Senior Dog Project web page – Tilley

 

Rebel

Rebel

Rebel is a 13 year old back Labrador retriever who is looking for a retirement home where he can put his napping and snugging skills to good use. He is housebroken, good in the car and good on lead. This very sweet 90 lb dog just likes to hang out with his humans. Rebel is neutered, microchipped, and up to date with shots.

To learn more about Rebel, click the link to his St. Louis Senior Dog Project web page – Rebel

 

Rosebud & Pixie

Rosebud & Pixie

Rosebud & Pixie are a bonded pair of senior dachshund/Terrier ladies. Rosebud weighs 6.5 lbs and is 11 years old. Pixie is 9 lbs and 10 years old. Both walk well on lead and are not your typical senior citizens. They are still plenty active and playful. Both come spayed, microchipped and up to date with shots. They have also had their teeth cleaned.

To learn more about Rosebud & Pixie, click the link to their St. Louis Senior Dog Project web page – Rosebud & Pixie

 

Georgie & Frederick

Georgie & Frederick

Georgie & Frederick are sweet little Bichon boys that must be adopted together. These boys came from a wonderful home where their family could no longer keep them. Georgie is 13 years old and 22 lbs in great health and acts younger, and Frederick is 3 years old and 17 lbs. Both have been around kids and other dogs and do excellent. They have been very well socialized. The boys like to go for walks and would prefer a fenced yard, but that’s not a deal breaker for the right home. They are house trained, have great manners, love to play once in a while and are total love bugs !

To learn more about Georgie & Frederick, click the link to their St. Louis Senior Dog Project web page – Georgie & Frederick

 

Coco and Max

Coco & Max

Coco and her brother Max need a new home. Their former owner moved and left them behind. We’re hoping that someone out there will offer them a home where they can remain together.

To learn more about Coco & Max, click the link to their St. Louis Senior Dog Project web page – Coco & Max

 


To learn more about all the senior dogs available for adoption from the St. Louis Senior Dog Project, click the link to their Available Dogs web page

 

St. Louis Senior Dog Project contact links

St. Louis Senior Dog Project – Website

St. Louis Senior Dog Project – Facebook

St. Louis Senior Dog Project – Twitter


 

Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs

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May & November are Pet Cancer Awareness months

It was 2-1/2 years ago that I lost my beloved Divinity to cancer.

Divinity’s friend’s at the Grey Muzzle Organization have published a post filled with links on cancer awareness. Their Cancer Wellness section offers tips and resources for caregivers and their senior dogs with cancer.

“According to Morris Animal Foundation, over half of our dogs will be affected by cancer. It is the most common cause of death in dogs over 2 and age adds to the risk.” “Our Cancer Wellness section offers tips and resources for caregivers and their senior dogs with cancer.”

Topics in this post include:

* An On-Call Holistic Vet

* A New Kind of Lifting Harness

* A Hospice Workshop with Heart

* 8 Creative Ways to Budget Your Dog’s Cancer Treatment

* A Integrative Vet Talks Canine Cancer

* Free Lymphoma Webinar

* Cancer FAQ: Find Answers Fast

* Learn from the Vets: Cancer Basics for Caregivers

* After a Cancer Diagnosis: 5 Go-to Resources


 

Know the ten common signs of cancer in small animals

According the AVMA, common cancer symptoms are as follows:

  • Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
  • Sores that do not heal
  • Weight loss
    Loss of appetite
  • Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
    Offensive odor
  • Difficulty eating or swallowing
  • Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
  • Persistent lameness or stiffness
  • Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating

 

Here are a few links to informative articles on Pet Cancer

* 10 Signs of Cancer in Dogs by Dr. Phil Zeltzman, DVM , DACVS, CVJ

* North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine – May is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

* After a Canine Cancer Diagnosis: Five Go-to Resources by RD Moreno

* PRNewswire: Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo Foundation Surpass $11 Million in Total Contributions for Pet Cancer Research and Treatment

 

Senior Sunday – Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary

This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.

From the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary website

Senior dogs, especially those with medical problems or disabilities, face a much greater chance of euthanasia at shelters than younger dogs because it is difficult to find adopters for them due to their shorter additional life expectancy and unknown veterinary costs. Most of these wonderful senior dogs will be able to live happily with a good quality of life if given a chance.

They make wonderful companions because they are mature, calm and loving. It is more difficult for them to settle in, and once they do, it is difficult for them to move again. For this reason we strive to find them forever foster homes where they can live out their retirement years as a loved family member.

OUR MISSION
  • To provide a loving home, good food, high quality vet care, compassion and comfort to senior dogs for the remainder of their lives.
  • To build a Forever Foster Home network to enable us to place more senior dogs in loving, home settings for the duration of their lives.
  • To provide education on the joys and challenges of caring for aging dogs.
  • To work with other dog rescue groups to promote the adoption of senior dogs.

 


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 Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary.

Mousse & Cassie

Mousse & Cassie

Mousse, a chocolate lab, and his friend Cassie, a black lab mix are a bonded pair of big, sweet ten year olds. They both still have a lot of good energy for their age. Cassie and Mousse are looking for a Forever Foster Home where they can live out their retirement together.

To learn more about Mousse & Cassie, click the link to the Old Friends Senior Dog SanctuaryAdoption web page

 

Coltrane

Coltrane

Coltrane is a sweet guy who is on medication for seizures. Of course Old Friends covers his medication for the rest of his life.

To learn more about Coltrane, click the link to the Old Friends Senior Dog SanctuaryAdoption web page

 

Daisy

Daisy

Daisy is a border collie mix and is very sweet and friendly. Daisy is happy laying around and gets along great with other dogs.

To learn more about Daisy, click the link to the Old Friends Senior Dog SanctuaryAdoption web page

 

Piper

Piper

This is Piper. She would do best as an only dog or with one other dog. Piper prefers people and would like to be with someone all the time. She did come to us with anxiety issues, but she is getting better every day.

To learn more about Piper, click the link to the Old Friends Senior Dog SanctuaryAdoption web page

 

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary contact links

To learn about all the dogs, the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary has available for adoption, click the following links:

* Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary – Website

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary – Facebook

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary – Twitter


 

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 – Vintage Paws Sanctuary

This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on the Vintage Paws Sanctuary in Sarasota, Florida.

From the Vintage Paws Sanctuary website

The vision of Vintage Paws Sanctuary is to provide a home-like setting for senior dogs to live out their natural lives instead of dying by premature euthanasia. Our goal is to raise enough money to build a “retirement home” where senior dogs can live comfortably surrounded by love and getting the veterinary care they need.

The reasons dogs are prematurely euthanized:

  • Complexity of care.
  • Cost of care.
  • The death or incapacitation of their owner.
  • The dog is “too old.”
  • The dog was relinquished to a high-kill shelter where many seniors are not adopted.

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 Vintage Paws Sanctuary.

Pickles

Pickles

Pickles was found as a stray. She is a small Poodle who likes cuddles, sleeping, short walks, and loves to sit on your lap.

To learn more about Pickles, click the link to the Vintage Paws SanctuaryAdoption web page

 

Chester

Chester

 Chester is a 10-year old neutered male Shih Tzu/Maltese mix. He is good with other dogs and kids, and loves cuddles.

To learn more about Chester, click the link to the Vintage Paws SanctuaryAdoption web page

 

Matilda

Matilda

 Matilda was found as a stray. She is a small Terrier Mix.

To learn more about Matilda, click the link to the Vintage Paws SanctuaryAdoption web page

 

Oliver

Oliver

 Oliver is a neutered Shih Tzu mix. He is very affectionate and attentive to the people around him.

To learn more about Oliver, click the link to the Vintage Paws SanctuaryAdoption web page

 

Lucy

Lucy

Lucy is a 13-year old, spayed female Min Pin. She was found as a stray. Lucy is a blind diabetic but it certainly doesn’t slow her down!

To learn more about Lucy, click the link to the Vintage Paws SanctuaryAdoption web page

 

Hershey

Hershey

 Hershey is Cocker Spaniel that is approximately 9-years old.

To learn more about Hershey, click the link to the Vintage Paws SanctuaryAdoption web page

 

Doodle

Doodle

 Doodle was found as stray. He is a small Poodle who enjoys short walks, and being loved.

To learn more about Doodle, click the link to the Vintage Paws SanctuaryAdoption web page

 

Hugo

Hugo

Hugo is a neutered, male 15-year old Maltese mix. Hugo is a quiet boy, gets along with other dogs, and his favorite hobby is sleeping in funny positions.

To learn more about Hugo, click the link to the Vintage Paws SanctuaryAdoption web page

 

Vintage Paws Sanctuary contact links

To learn about all the dogs, the Vintage Paws Sanctuary has available for adoption, click the following links:

* Vintage Paws Sanctuary – Website

Vintage Paws Sanctuary – Facebook

Vintage Paws Sanctuary – Twitter

 

Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs

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

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Senior Sunday – Monkey’s House Senior Sanctuary

This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on Monkey’s House in Burlington County, New Jersey.

From the Monkey’s House website

Monkey’s House is a sanctuary providing hospice care to senior dogs who, through no fault of their own, are homeless in their senior years. We differ from other rescues because our primary mission is not to adopt out dogs, but to provide all the care and love they need for however long they have.

Our 6-acre farm in Burlington County, NJ houses the facilities which the Monkey’s House dogs call home.  Providing a loving home environment for these animals is a critical component of their care, and something we take pride in here at Monkey’s House.

Monkey's House

Previous sanctuary posts

Previously, I’ve posted about three other sanctuaries: House with a Heart in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Bob’s House for Dogs in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and the Grey Muzzle Rescue & Sanctuary in Eastsound, Washington.

Note: As there are multiple posts for each of these sanctuaries, please use the Search box at the top left-hand corner of the page. If you are interested in reading about these wonderful sanctuaries, just type in the name, and press Enter.

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.

 

Monkey’s House contact links

To learn about all the dogs at Monkey’s House, click the following links:

* Monkey’s House – Website

* Monkey’s House – Facebook

 

Here is a wonderful tribute video the founders made in memory of their beloved Monkey.

 

Here is a video from CNN on Monkey’s House

 

Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs

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

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