Adopting any senior dog is a tremendous gift to both the person and the pup—they enrich our lives as much as we do theirs. And that, obviously, is an oversimplification. Wisdom says that choosing the right dog is all about finding the best animal for one’s environment and temperament. But there’s even more to it than that.
In the prior three articles we talked about the plans you need to make that will provide care for your pet, the people you appoint to carry out those plans, and plans to address the needs of your individual pet(s). These articles help pet owners learn how to navigate the journey their pets will take if they cannot care for them. We discussed creating a MAAP (Make a plan, Address needs, Appoint caregivers, Publish plan). This MAAP helps others care for your pets in the way you intended.
In our initial discussion of navigating the journey your pets take if you cannot care for them we talked about creating a MAAP (Make a plan, Address needs, Appoint caregivers, Publish plan). This MAAP will help others care for your pets in the way you intended. People think the only time they need a plan for their pet’s care is when they die. I thought so too until I broke my ankle. I had no plan in place to help my family care for my pets and me. This experience spurred me to write the initial MAAP program. Pet owners need a MAAP plan to cover their animal’s care if they are sick or injured.
The previous article introduced you to the concept of making a plan for the care of your pet. In that article you were encouraged to: Address your pet’s uniqueness. List their identifying characteristics including color, sex, age, and microchip number, if applicable. This information will be invaluable to those left to care for your family companions. The MAAP outline (Make a plan, Address needs, Appoint caregivers, Publish plan) you create should cover their eating habits and personality traits. By creating this document you enable the person caring for your pet to know its common behavior. It seamlessly allows someone to step into your shoes.
Most of us, whether we’ll admit it in a public forum or not, think our dogs deserve to be famous—either for their weirdness, their cute expressions, their loyalty, or their funny habits. (Thus, internet sensations like the aww subreddit). Add that to the fact that their quirks only increase with age and become more endearing to our oh-so susceptible hearts, and we’re putty in their paws. They are celebrities in our eyes. In honor of our unsung heroes—the ones staring over your laptop right now or barking at the meerkats on TV—let us celebrate some of the qualities that have catapulted other...
My grandmother’s dog Mickey, a whippet- chihuahua mix, has the personality of a bouncer and the plump, muscular build of a chicken breast with legs. My grandmother Binkie has a fragile build—knobby joints and slender wrists—suited to her 90 years. They are an unusual and somehow perfectly suited pair.
The award-winning Grouchy Puppy® dog blog was founded over five years ago by Sharon Castellanos. Sharon writes, "Grouchy Puppy is about showing how the positive influence of the human-animal bond is demonstrated by dogs and those who love them. It's purpose is to elevate the conversation about dog adoption and senior dogs, and to influence, and change tired, antiquated beliefs." In this piece, Sharon shares her powerful and touching experience volunteering for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, one of our Grey Muzzle grantees.