Monday, August 29, 2011

Senior Pooch Adoptions, now open for business

Too often senior dogs find their way to a shelter later in their life and when shown along side their younger brothers and sisters, they may not show as well.

I'm here to say that it doesn't have to be that way.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Conversational Advice on the Care and Maintenance of your Senior Pooch

Good Old Dog Book CoverIn between owning BooBoo and ultimately taking Rusty in, I questioned whether I had done enough.

Had I done the right things? Was it enough?

I was pretty sure that I did. At least I thought that I did the best that I could.

I picked this book up just to make sure and to prepare myself for the next time that I would adopt a senior dog, because I was certain after caring for BooBoo for the time that we had, that there would be another senior dog in my house the next time I ventured into the world of canine companionship.

Good Old Dog is a great book for the layperson who is interested in what it takes to care for an older dog.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Big Day for the Big Dog

Rusty and I were interviewed by Lillian Cox at Coast Magazine News today.  We're both exhausted with all of the attention that we got while sharing stories of pets of all types that we've owned.  I'll have more on this within the next week.

He's sleeping off all of the extra attention that he got, including many photos snapped by Lillian.  Larry Abgarian, Rusty's foster dad, introduced us and provided all of the back story of Rusty's adventures before he came to live at Casa Jeff.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Be a big dog today

Actually, just a sneeze

Sunday, August 21, 2011 Putting a treasure trove of loving adoptable pets at your fingertips

For my last two canine companions, I've gone to to start my search.  From what I can tell all of the shelters and rescue organizations have some presence there.  In addition to making it incredibly easy to find exactly the right type of pet that is right for you, they also have great videos on selecting your ideal pet and what to do when you get home.

They boast 17 million adoptions in 15 years of existence, which is no small feat.  Consider that each adoption frees up an additional spot at a rescue that gives another animal a chance to get adopted and the numbers really start becoming astounding.

I'm inspired by their mission and have been (and will continue) to tweet adoptable senior pups from's site every week.  This will include a mix of both local pets, as well as those from a random city.  Write a comment with city's that you'd like to see covered in the coming weeks and I'll add them to the queue.  For good measure, throw in a blurb about why your city is a great place to own a pet.  This is not restricted to the US, so if I have to find other resources to get time for international pets, don't worry, I'll find a way.    

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Adoptable Dog: Maxwell (Vista, CA)

Maxwell is a spritely senior of 13 years who is looking for special home where he can spend his golden years. He is a tan-colored Pekingese mix who weighs about 6-7 lbs. He is super sweet, who wants love, and to hang with his guardian. He seems to be housetrained. He is good with other dogs, and is simply adorable.

This is a courtesy posting, passed along from an ARRF member. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Carla at , or call (410) 746-5173.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Adoptable Dog: Shelby - Chihuahua (San Diego, CA)

ARFF - Animal Rescue Resource Foundation is an animal rescue that serves San Diego County.  A friend who is part of their organization turned me on to a couple of older adoptable dogs, including Shelby.  All of the vital statistics and contact information are included below: 

Shelby is estimated to be approximately 8-9 years old. She is a spayed, tan with white Chihuahua who weighs about 6.5 lbs. She is a nice little companion pup that will snuggle with you, likes her walks, and is so happy when you talk to her. She is about 99% housetrained. Having a doggie door would be ideal. She is somewhat selective with her canine friends. If another dog is in the household, an advance meeting would be necessary. She would probably do best as an "only" dog, preferably in an adult home, but may also be fine with dog-savvy children 12 and up., She bonds easily and likes the attention of her keeper.
Shelby has a fairly common condition known as "dry eye" that will require her to always be treated with eye drops to lubricate her eye.

The original posting is located here:

Shelby is looking for a loving "forever home" and will make someone out there a wonderful new friend.FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT EILEEN at, or call 858-271-0198.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Up on deck: Book Reviews

As an avid reader, I've read my share of books on dogs, their care and feeding, training, stories, etc.

You get the picture.

Over the next couple of weeks I'll be posting reviews for books that were as informative as they were interesting.  Your mileage may vary with these, so you might find the information presented as too basic, or way too advanced.

Please share what books that you've found most useful and why in a comment.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pet Foster Parents: Being there when it's most important

Rusty, Larry, and Wendy
One person might not be able to save all of the dogs in trouble, but there are those folks whose generosity reaches beyond what normal people believe is possible and use their creativity to find hope.  This sort of hope comes in the form of lending their voices and hearts to dogs that need it the most.

I'm talking about those men and women who take on the responsibility of taking in supporting a dog until  they can find that forever home.  This post is dedicated to those courageous folks, and in particular, Larry pictured here, who was Rusty's foster dad for a year.

If you think fostering is something for you, there are a lot of rescue organizations that are looking for this sort of help.  One such organization down here in Southern California is Coastal German Shepherd Rescue, which has a web page set up to explain the options and how to get started.  In Northern California, check out San Jose Animal Advocates Foster page for a thorough description of the difference that you'd be making by helping out dogs (or other companion animals) during particularly stressful times in their lives.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Stylin' some new threads

Boo Boo with his favorite bandanna
The only comment on Boo Boo's chart when I brought him home from the shelter was that he came in with a bandanna and that another dog took from him shortly thereafter.

I picked up this bandanna a week or two after bringing him home and he frequently received a lot of praise for his style.

Kudos to the folks at Pacific Petcare, who always would give him one of their holiday bandannas, one for Christmas and another for Halloween, during our many visits.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

You ate what?

As a follow up to my post  Roadkill: It's What's For Breakfast, Rusty wound up with a bout of colitis for a couple of days after passing the pelt (e.g., it appeared that his dropping had its own fur coat).  It wasn't pretty, but a few days of a boiled chicken and rice cleared things up nicely.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Site Updates - Fifty percent more fluffiness

 Over the last couple of weeks the site has quickly been picking up steam.  Thanks to everyone that has taken a moment to reach out to post a comment, or write, or give their suggestions and well wishes.  Over the past week I've been working on a few updates that went into place today.  Namely:

  • The URL - We're still a Blogger hosted blog, however, I picked up the domain name and hooked it together.
  • A New Banner - With a little bit of elbow grease and measuring, I updated the banner to allow everyone to see more of the content upon entering the page, by reducing the logo height.
  • Linked to the Twitter Feed - More on why we needed a Twitter feed later, but the short of it, is that there's a lot of complementary work that I'm starting to do in the Twitterverse in order to get the word out about senior dogs in need.
Also, you'll also now be able to contact me via the domain @ jeff@ (remove the space in between the @ and  This is an old trick to make it more difficult for the spammers to mine the page for email addresses.)

Thanks again for all of your kind words and support.  I'm inspired to grow this site into something that makes a difference in the world, while continuing to report on the adventures of Rusty and the other senior pooches that touch our lives.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Brain Games

I find that just like with people that dogs who are stimulated mentally on a regular basis are more happy.

Here, Rusty is playing with his Kong ball, trying to figure out how to get the treat out.  Having tried the brute force method (aka eating the ball or chewing it to pieces) he's starting to move it from side to side to get at the treat.

Boo Boo, on the other hand, had a routine that he used to go through: picking up the ball and flinging it in the air, picking it up and shaking it from side to side, rolling it around, and finally banging it against the wall.  The steps that he took were impressive and hysterical to watch.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Weighing in - Reigning in the LBs

Congratulations to my pal, Rusty on dropping a couple of pounds.  As a larger dog, I've learned that it pays to keep an eye on his weight so that it doesn't take as big of a toll on his joints later on down the line.

He could still stand to lose 2-4 more pounds, so I'll keep him on his current diet until everything stabilizes.

Previously, I thought that I was giving him the right amount of food for a dog 75 lb dog (he weighed 80), but it turned out that the 2 cup scoop I picked up from Petco actually measures out 2.5 cups of food.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Adopted! Dog: Hunter - English Springer Spaniel (Vista, CA)

Updated: Hunter has been adopted into his forever home, including several furry family members!  

I'm called Hunter, and I'm searching for my forever home. 

Hunter is a senior English Springer Spaniel, but you'd never know it to look at him!  Playful, and energetic, he has a very loving personality with people.  He weighs 57 pounds.  Hunter must be an only dog.  He is house-trained, neutered, and microchipped.  Good on a leash and great in the car.