Friday, September 14, 2012

Bark Out Loud for Your Buddy Contest

I've never met Buddy (aka Buddy Boy), but as much as any dog, he's a part of why exists. Buddy was on my short list of dogs to meet when I ultimately wound up adopting Rusty. Buddy was the last dog standing in The Dog Squad's list of adoptable pets before they went back into business full time and ultimately led me to connect with them and become a member of their board.  After two years in foster and making a triumphant return from a rattlesnake bite, Buddy is still a charmer. Everyone needs a Buddy and Buddy needs you. If you're not in the market for a new dog click on one of the sharing icons below (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and get the word out on Buddy.

Bark Out Loud for Your Buddy Contest

We've had a number of folks share stories of their Senior Pooch here, but I want to take it up a notch. Between today and the end of the end of the year I want stories of you and your senior dog. I really want them.

How to enter: Send an email to me at with 100-500 words on any or all of the following:

  • Why your senior dog is the best.
  • How you came to adopt your dog, if adopted as a senior.
  • Something funny or interesting that your pal (or palette) learned, whether you're sure where they picked it up or not.
  • How they have dispelled what you thought how a senior dog should act.
  • Any other touching story about them.
Also you'll need to include 1 or 2 pictures of your dog as an older dog. Ideally you'll be in the picture as well.

How long do I have?: No time! Get to it now. Time's a wasting. The first 10 stories I accept and publish will get prizes, but any story received may be published on Sending these in to me gives me permission to share your awesomeness with the world.

Prizes? Yes, prizes. Occasionally I'll get things that people want reviewed or I'll see a deal on a book or toy that I know is SeniorPooch friendly. I'll send out one item (a book or toy), a  SeniorPooch-branded item (right now I'm working on refrigerator magnets, but may have other items ready soon as well), and a personal thank you note. Supplies are limited, so I'll choose the first thing available just to keep it fair. 

Are there any limitations on the story I right? It just needs to be a 100% factual story in one of the categories listed above. The majority of the story needs to be about he dog in its senior years. Ideally, 100% of the story is, but if you adopted the dog at a younger age and want to bridge the time between puppyhood and senior poochdom, that's OK. Comparing your dog when it was younger to how it is as an older dog is OK too. I reserve the right to publish or not publish any story I get. 

What if I have a great story about an older dog of mine that is no longer with us? That's OK too. 

Why are you doing this? Just to share stories about senior dogs so that more folks get the hint and start adopting them. I adopted my first older one sort of by accident. The folks that see me out with my senior pal all comment how cool it is that I adopted a senior, but I just think of him as a dog. Two folks I know adopted senior dogs after talking with me or reading my blog. I'm looking to up the states to increase the number of senior dogs adopted and kept healthy and happy into their golden years.

Good luck and may the Pooch be with You!