If your dog has trouble walking due to arthritis in a knee or elbow, the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine may be able to help with two groundbreaking clinical trials.
After fourteen years in animal rescue I still find it hard to believe that someone could discard a dog or cat that has been a family pet for a decade or more, but actually the problem is more common than you think. Recently volunteers at the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society rescued one of these senior pets and in the process of saving her life they discovered a dog who gives inspiration to all homeless animals.
What would happen to your pets if you became sick or worse? Most of us don’t have a backup plan if we die before our animals, but a new book is here to help. Authors Joe and Cathy Connolly found themselves in this situation when a death in their family left a 12 year-old dog named Mandy without a home. Together they wrote “If I Should Die Before My Dog-” to let pet owners know there is a way to create an organized plan, in the event of a life-changing emergency.
Our new “normal” lifestyle with Sophie was actually one of constant change. As soon as Ken and I would become accustomed to a particular way of helping of her, the paralysis would take over more of her body and we would have to make adjustments. One of the biggest changes came when Sophie lost her voice. Did I ever mention that somewhere between year one and two of her illness, Sophie lost the ability to bark?
Sophie, the dog that inspired Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog, helped raise two adopted puppies and a litter of feral kittens. She learned to love animals from her mom who is a co-founder of the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society in Las Vegas, NV. On this Christmas Day, Sophie’s mom would like to share some adorable faces of dogs waiting to be adopted.
Max (pictured above) is a handsome 2 year-old Boxer who told Santa, “I have been a very, very good dog this year. I am potty trained and have learned my basic commands. Please send me a family of my very own. I promise to be their loyal companion.”
Stella is an adorable 3 month-old Terrier mix who loves to run and play. She’s a bit shy with new people, but is learning that being held and petted is very nice.
Cesar is another beautiful male Boxer who would love to start the New Year with a family to call his own. Cesar is a big goofball and a very exuberant boy. He is looking for an experienced owner who can give him lots of exercise.
Deuce had a rough start in life, but now that this young Poodle mix is safe he’s learning to love people and other dogs. He even learned that taking a bath and getting brushed can be fun if there are plenty of treats after.
Dogs rescued by Heaven Can Wait live at the women’s correctional facility and participate in a program called Pups On Parole. Abused and neglected dogs are given a second chance for a new life. At the prison they are given time to heal and re-gain their trust in humans and learn the skills that will help them find a new home.
Please don’t shop for a new pet – Adopt your new best friend.