Operation ResCUTE

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Disclosure

It’s been almost a full year since we put our beloved Golden Retriever to sleep. He was really something special because he was a release dog from a program called “canine companions for independence”. As a matter of fact his sister named Trixie used to be owned by famous author Dean Koontz

Dogs have always been a huge part of my life and I have always expressed to my kids to be kind to animals. Recently I came across a really cute stuffed animal called “Jingles”. She is part of an organization called ResCUTE. OPERATION ResCUTE is intended to educate and encourage the next generation of young readers to think about adopting shelter dogs in need of loving homes.

By purchasing Jingles 100% of the author’s profits get donated to help rescue animals get adopted. She comes is a really cute box with a glass panel, tags and a book telling her story.

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 The Story of Jingles is based on a true story about a sweet, homeless puppy who started out on the streets of New York City. Her story shows the resilience and hopefulness that can make dreams come true! You and your child will enjoy reading about the trials and tribulations that Jingles encounters on her way to finding the meaning of true happiness.

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The pages are beautifully illustrated and easy to follow along. My daughter got really into the story and held jingles the whole time we read the story. She even takes her to sleep at night.

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Operation ResCUTE and Jingles is the perfect holiday gift to give this season. Jingles and her story are available on Amazon for only $29.99. You can buy her here.

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For more information visit Jingles web site and learn all about adopting shelter dogs. You can also visit her on Facebook and on Twitter.

 

Caring For Your Elderly Dog

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We have a senior dog who has a very limited amount of time left on this earth, however we are doing our best to make him comfortable. Each breed has different life spans so while taking care of your aging dog you need to adapt his environment for his comfort.  As dogs get older, they develop aches, joint pain, generalized weakness and an almost definite increase in medical problems. Our dog  has cataracts, is hard of hearing,  has bad arthritis and has recently gotten stuck  in the dog door because he couldn’t pick up his hind legs up. Here are some things to keep in mind for your elderly dog:

  • Adjust his surroundings to minimize discomfort.  Protect him from excessive heat and cold.  Older dogs are unable to regulate body temperature as a younger dog. We found that as our dog got older he stopped sleeping on his dog bed and started sleeping on the tile. I think the coolness of the tiles felt good to him. But unfortunately we tore up our tile and put in hardwood floors so now he sleeps on the cement floor in the garage and he loves it!

 

  • Try to give your dog regular exercise.  Make sure your dogs health matches his exercise routine.  If your dog exhibits signs of heavy panting or opposes exercise you need to change his routine. Our dog is 14 and his hips are really bad so he doesn’t do a lot of walking. Instead we have a tug rope and we play tug of war with him while he is laying down. It’s not exercise but he loves to play with us and it keeps his mind stimulated.

 

  • Adapt his diet and feeding schedule to his needs.  As dogs age they are less active and need fewer calories.  Prescription diets are available.  Discuss special diets with your veterinarian.

 

  • Older dogs can experience hearing loss and declining eyesight.  Accommodate for his safety. Our vet told us to clap really loud when approaching our dog so that we did not startle him when he wasn’t expecting it. Sometimes dogs can get nippy when they are startled.

 

  • Senior dogs require special dental care.  They are more likely to develop gum problems and disease.  Complete dental cleaning should be performed by your vet every six months which does require anesthesia.  Make sure complete bloodwork is performed.

 

  • Older dogs need extra bathing and grooming.  Dry skin can be a normal part of aging or it can be a sign of an underlying medical condition.  They also require more frequent nail trimming. Unfortunately our dog can no longer get in the car so we have a mobile grooming unit some out and groom him. It is well worth the extra money.

 

Take into consideration his age in human years.  If he is 13 in dog years, he may suffer the same aging ailments as a 75 year old human. Continue with bi-annual vet exams.  Senior dogs need extra care with their aging problems. Give his life quality!  Keep those memories alive!

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