I love senior pets. I love the grey muzzles and the droopy eyes and the slow walks. Our Chester is definitely a senior, at 10, and Olive is getting there... she's 8 now. The cat is 10 also, so I think she's on the edge of seniorhood.
When we went to the shelter to adopt, we knew we wanted an adult dog. We wanted a precious girl or boy who had been left behind, for whatever reason. And, we got our Chester. He is the love of my life! (after Tom, of course!) What a gentle soul he has. He tolerates the wild Emily and is a good friend to the tiny Olive. And, he's curious about Molly, the kitty, but he doesn't disturb her.
Did you know November is Senior Pet Month and that The Grey Muzzle Organization is working overtime to help senior dogs across the United States?
I learned about it from Rebecca, a good friend of mine on the Pet360 side of things, ala BlogPaws. Here's some content from her recent post about all of this:
If you’ve ever been lucky enough to care for a senior dog, then chances are you’re familiar with The Grey Muzzle Organization. Since 2008, The Grey Muzzle Organization, a 501(c)(3) charity, has provided over $300,000 in grants for senior dog programs across the United States.
Their mission is simple: To help homeless, senior dogs. Why? Because senior dogs enrich our lives by teaching us patience, respect, responsibility, loyalty and unconditional love.
Prior to its creation, there were very few rescue organizations in the United States that focused solely on advocating for senior dogs. By fulfilling this void, Grey Muzzle has been able to provide much needed care, comfort, and loving homes for old dogs.
How does Grey Muzzle do this? Comprised entirely of volunteers, Grey Muzzle is not a shelter or a rescue. Rather, the non-profit serves as a resource that encompasses every aspect of senior dog care, from adoption to end of life decisions. Through its fundraising efforts, Grey Muzzle provides much-needed medical care funding and even maintains a “Bed Fund” that has provided for more than $16,000 worth of orthopedic bed donations to shelters across the country. And that’s just the beginning – Grey Muzzle supports in-home hospice care programs for senior dogs who are not adoptable, a “Seniors for Seniors” program that helps senior citizens adopt senior dogs, and even provides free educational materials to encourage the adoption and quality care of senior dogs.
Rebecca knows whereof she speaks - she's worked with, adopted, fostered, cared for... and loved, many a senior dog.
And, even better... Pet360 wants to support The Grey Muzzle Organization - because they, too, know how much wonder senior pets bring to our lives. "For the entire month of November, you can show your support of their hard work by entering the code “SENIORS” at checkout - you will receive $5 off of your order and Pet360, Inc. will donate $5 to The Grey Muzzle Organization!*
I hope you'll do some shopping today, and support the pets who need us most - think of those old bones and those sad eyes - they just want to be loved, like everyone else!