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Your Precious Family Member
You’ve had your dog since he was a frisky pup. You trained him, loved him, and took care of him. In return, he has loved you and your family unconditionally throughout the years. And now, his muzzle had grayed, the spring in his step has given way to a labored walk. But his eyes reveal a loving spirit and a desire to stay by your side. He may have arthritis, making it painful to move. Maybe he’s gone deaf, or blind. But through it all, he has never abandoned you. He has cared for you, and now it’s your turn to care for him.
My name is Lisa, and my husband Patrick and I have been rescuing old dogs for years. Our mission started after having to put down a young English Springer Spaniel. She was a beautiful and affectionate dog. But, shortly after she was a year old, she began lunging, snarling, threatening, and eventually biting. We hired a “doggie shrink,” had her on medication, and after talking at length with trainers, vets, animal behaviorists, and other experts, reluctantly acknowledged this disease was incurable.
We were useless for days after her demise, sobbing at once for her helplessness in the matter and feeling guilty for playing God. Then it occurred to us to contact a dog rescue association to save a life, especially since we felt we had taken one. Read the full story HERE.
Age is NOT Just a Number
The fact is, older dogs are much less likely to be adopted. They often have special needs, and well, depending on their state of health, they may not be around for very long. We rescued Angelle at 8 years old. Now she is 14 and in much need of extra care. Patrick flew from Sarasota, Florida (our home) to Apalachicola to pick her up. But the rescue society needed our help, to transfer a 4-year-old to Tampa. So, he picked up both dogs and rented a van to bring them to Tampa and Sarasota respectively. The young dog was gorgeous. The older dog showed signs of wear and tear. I didn’t know which dog he would bring home, or if he would bring back both!
Care for Your Old Dog
He brought home our precious Angelle because unlike this old girl, the young dog was a shoo-in for adoption. With a little grooming and medication, Angelle turned out to be beautiful, and such a teddy bear. She LOVES to snuggle.
Today, at 14-years-old, she suffers from idiopathic vestibular disease – similar to vertigo in humans. She walks in circles, needs help finding her food because she can’t control her head, and has quite a wobbly walk. But her spirit is invincible. This girl smiles and wags her tail constantly, and is motivated by food, treats, and when daddy comes home. She is bright-eyed, enthusiastic, and happy.
We Want to Help
Along the way, we have found products and tips to keep her comfortable and to make caring for her easier. Our goal is to share our successful experiences with you so that you and your senior dog can navigate this journey with ease. I imagine that if you have had your senior dog since it was a pup, your dog is a life-long family member. All the more reason to learn about how to usher your precious pup into its senior years.
Lisa Codianne Fowler
Founder of Good Old Doggie
We lost our dear Angelle last month. That’s the sad news. We did everything we could do. But the disease overtook her. At nearly 15, it was her time. So hard, as you know. But the good news is that Carroll Regan deCarle has committed to join Good Old Doggie, as not just a contributor, but as a partner. I want to officially welcome Carroll, who has helped to shape the present and future of Good Old Doggie with her suggestions for the site and ideas for content. Turns out, we are a stellar team! Thank you, Carroll, for investing your time and for sharing your passion. Onward!