Best of Senior Pooch 2012 - Part 1

It's been an amazing ride so far here at The posts that follow cover just some of my favorites from the first half of the year and span interviews, events, calls to action, heartwarming stories of rescue, and even a recipe thrown in for good measure.

Teaching your senior dogs the joys of training is key to a happy life for both of you. The Canine Coach, Eugenia Vogel, shares some of her knowledge on the topic. It's no surprise that this remains one of our most read posts.

Boo Boo, my first senior pup on day 1 of our adventures
February 2012 - An Inconvenient Dog
There are a million reasons why you could throw out that faithful dog of yours when the burden of age wears them down. This post covers my personal take on the subject and how to do right by your senior in the face of challenges.

The elusive Tigger-Dog of Southern California stalks his prey
March 2012 - The Good, The Old, and the Ugly - The 17th Annual Ugly Dog Contest
Out the door I went to cover the 17th Annual Ugly Dog Contest in Del Mar, CA. There were really only a couple of dogs that were contenders for the aforementioned prize in this long standing contest. I was happy to see such a strong showing by the senior dog population putting their best paw forward.

April 2012 - An Open Letter to the Rescuer of One Shy Old Dog
Just when I had given up hope that I would find the people who had rescue my friend Boo Boo, I received an email after writing this letter.

The email led me to a conversation, and that conversation led to me joining The Dog Squad Rescue, first as a volunteer, and then as a board member.

May 2012 - Cooking Salmon and Sweet Potato Treats - SeniorPooch-Style
If you're going to make treats, you're going to have to crack a few eggs. This post covers one of the more fun experiences that I've had writing for this site. Pet nutritionalist, Jodi Chick, offers up a (mostly) easy recipe for a delicious treat. This one has a video of yours truly making these morsels, so check it out.

June 2012 - Shepherding the Cause of Senior German Shepherd Dogs in North Carolina
A friend of mine was just telling me how rescue has changed her life and that's not hard to understand once you've tried it out.

I began talking with Andrea Portbury, co-director of German Shepherd Rescue and Adoptions of North Carolina (GSRA), after a visitor to this site wanted to see about adopting a senior dog. The dog that she was looking to adopt lived in California. The woman lived in North Carolina. The trip didn't make sense under the circumstances, but I was determined to do what I could to connect her with a local rescue. In my research for German Shepherd Dogs and North Carolina, the same rescue came up time and again: GSRA. The success of their senior adoptions program is a shining example of what is possible when folks are determined to make a difference in the lives of older dogs.

These posts just cover some of my favorites. What were some of yours?

Tomorrow I'll cover our favorites from the second half of 2012.

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