I’m not new to caring for senior dogs. Sanchez is my second in ten years, and it’s not easy. I worry about him, often. A slipped disc in his neck nearly took his life last year, and I’m very cautious to make sure he doesn’t get re-injured. I go the extra mile to keep his mind stimulated and am still teaching him new tricks regularly. And I even adopted Gina three years ago to help Sanchez stay young.
Yet, as challenging as these years are, I wouldn’t trade them in for anything. Every moment shared is extra special, because I know there is a clock ticking. I plan to be with him to the end, when he takes his very last breath. As painful as that last moment was 10 years ago with my Golden, Byron, I know how much comfort it brought him. We went through the rest of life together (since I adopted when he was two), we were certainly going to experience his death together.
Sadly, some dogs aren’t so lucky. They may have had a wonderful life with a family, but then the family was hit with financial hardship and couldn’t afford the vet bills. Or Buster belonged to a senior person who took ill. These dogs end up in the shelter or rescue, often confused and scared, and the ones who get adopted are very fortunate.
The Grey Muzzle Organization believes in helping homeless senior dogs. According to their website, “The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide. We are not a shelter or rescue. Rather Grey Muzzle funds programs such as hospice care, senior dog adoption, medical screening, and other special programs to help old dogs at animal welfare organizations across the country.”
Some elderly canines may never be adopted but are taken in by loving Forever Fosters, people who take in dogs that may not have long to live and provide them with palliative care and, above all, the comfort of a loving home.
Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian” on Good Morning America is on the advisory board of Grey Muzzle and shared this comment with me… “I saw a quote the other day that said, ‘Adopting a senior dog is like fast-forwarding to the best part of life.’ It’s true. They’ve gone past the terrible twos, teenage years and forgo running laps at the local high school track for just sitting in your lap. Quiet contentment, unconditional love, limitless affection and to-die-for loyalty. Those are the gifts a senior pet provides.”
The endearing video above tells more of Grey Muzzle’s heartfelt story and all the ways that they assist other senior dog organizations.
My friend, and fellow pet blogger, Edie Jarolim recently said good-bye to her beloved senior dog Frankie. Adopted from Arizona Schnauzer Rescue, she provided the best of care for him throughout his life, administering insulin shots twice daily, needed for his diabetes. Edie is committed to seeing that every senior dog has a loving send-off. She connected with Grey Muzzle by starting “Frankie’s Fund.” All contributions go to help the hospice care costs in Forever Fosters, Grey Muzzle volunteers who lovingly take in dogs that may not have long to live and provide them with palliative care and a loving home.
Every size donation will make a difference. Grey Muzzle is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charity so contributions are tax deductible. When donating, please enter “Frankie’s Fund” in the slot under “I want my donation to be dedicated.”
Another way to help is by sharing this post. Click the Facebook logo to the right of the video, so you can let your dog loving friends know about Grey Muzzle. Sounds True, the publisher for Through a Dog’s Ear recordings, will be donating “Music to Comfort your Elderly Canine” CDs to the loving Forever Fosters of Grey Muzzle, so that the senior dogs can calmly settle into their last home, until they take their last breath.
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