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Olive Beautiful Senior Dog Helps Completes her Owner’s Life

Susie Senior Dogs shared the story of Olive, a beautiful senior dog who has been a much needed companion to  her owner Andrea.    Andrea has found out that  the love of an old dog is a very special kind of love; a love that not many are fortunate enough to know in their own lifetime. Olive Beautiful Senior Dog Helps Completes her  Owner's Life

 

This is Olive. I’ve wanted to tell you all about her for a while now, but it’s so hard to put into words just what she means to my family and, more importantly, how she’s changed our lives. We met Olive just two months after having said goodbye to my first ‘adult’ dog Rocky- he’d been my companion through a deep depression, the death of a sibling at age 22, and the hardest part of my educational career. He was five or so when I adopted him and his calm demeanor had been the most welcome presence in my life. Six years later, he would develop a mental problem that made him aggressive toward even his closest person (me). I wasn’t sure if we’d ever recover from the emotional trauma that surrounded his departure. But our lives were empty and our house was quiet.

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One of our local shelters was at the forefront for pairing dogs with families that matched their dispositions. (check out the calendar for local shelters offering adoption days )
Olive’s face came up and, after reading her bio, I hoped deep down that we would be a match. ‘Let’s just go see if anyone clicks with us!’ was my gateway line. One visit and I was hooked, but the husband needed convincing. Olive had severe arthritis in one of her knees and it kept her to very short walks and not much other activity. But she was so sweet to the folks at the shelter (raining kisses on everyone) and her demeanor was just so youthful and enthusiastic, I couldn’t get her out of my head.
Olive Beautiful Senior Dog Helps Completes her  Owner's LifeThe timing was terrible- my husband’s grandfather passed away the day we met her and he was soon on a cross-country flight for the funeral. I followed a few days later, but not without visiting her multiple times daily, walking and chatting to her about how things were about to change. The morning I arrived back in town, I was waiting at the shelter door when they opened. She rode home in my lap and has refused to leave my side ever since.
At first, she could barely make it around the block- her arthritis was very progressed for her age (10 or so). After some expert consults, we were able to get her on a pain management regimen, feed her nutritional and joint supplemental food, and even began acupuncture!
We realized early on that our time with her would not be as long as we wanted. She showed an intense enthusiasm for exploring- seeing new places and smelling new smells. We made it our goal to show her as much of the world as we could. Five years later, and she’s seen more of WA / OR / CA than I had in the 28 years before I knew her. We go on ‘just us girls’ trips often, camping in the woods, or cozying up at her favorite beach. She gets me up with the sun, eager to go out and explore more. She gently suggests that we get outside on even the soggiest of PNW days. When my migraines have me laid up in bed for hours or even days, she’s by my side. She’s made some ‘best dog friends’ in our neighborhood, which means we now know our neighbors better! She is the antidote to my shy, antisocial, seasonally-bummed, lazy self. I’d do anything to get her tail waggin’.
One of the great joys of my life thus far has been watch her blossom, gaining confidence to assert her wishes and show us the things she likes. While she may be slowing down, having a difficult time enjoying everything she used to, we’ve committed to making her life a full and happy one as long as we can. We bought a bike trailer to make the trip up to the local coffee shop (she used to make it with ease). We found a backpack to carry her in for hikes (for a while, five miles was doable- a miraculous transformation from her early days). We’ve built ramps to all of the furniture and she even sleeps in the bed now (who could resist a little old lady like her!) Through it all, her spirit has been resilient and simply happy.
She has changed our lives and I can only hope she knows just how loved she is.

Snickers the Stray Dog Find a New Home

A  family united a with a new family member!   Snickers is a five-year-old female who was more than ready for a new home after being the in the  Saratoga County Animal Shelter  for several years and was featured n the  local news  Snickers the Stray Dog Find a New Home pet adoption

Snickers is a such a pretty girl. She has been with us for awhile at the Saratoga County Animal Shelter. She loves her walks, squeaky toys & one on one time spent with people. Especially her favorite volunteers! Although she has come along way with other dogs she may be best in an only dog home. Since she came to us as a stray we do not know about her previous life. Please stop at the shelter & talk with an adoption counselor to find out more about our Snickers.

Saratoga County Animal Shelter Shared  the  adoption announcement

Snickers the Stray Dog Find a New Home pet adoptionWe are very excited to announce that our beloved Snickers has found a forever home! Snickers came to the shelter quite some time ago and hit a chord with nearly every volunteer and staff member she encountered. Snickers new home now consist of a doggie sister and loving parents!

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We would like to send a thank you out to all of our volunteers who worked with Snickers during her stay at the shelter. A special thank you goes out to WRGB CBS 6 News, Albany Heather Kovar who was gracious enough to feature Snickers in a segment leading to her adoption! Snickers the Stray Dog Find a New Home pet adoption

Look at local shelters for their pets if you are considering adoption, we also add pet adoption events to our the dog calendar.

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Ghouls, Gimlets & Grrrowlers Halloween Party at Urban Hound Boston

Join the Urban Hound for The  First Annual Halloween Party, lovingly known as “Ghouls, Gimlets & Grrrowlers.” clock on Thursday, October 26 at 6 PM – 8 PM. 
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This event will be a party for Urban Hound clients and their dogs. Both dogs AND humans are encouraged to come in costume, though only the dogs will be eligible for our contest.

Dogs will socialize off-leash while their PAWrents mix and mingle. Food and drinks will be provided for everyone, including treats for spooky pups.

Last Hope K9 Rescue will be at this event with lots of info on how you can get involved with rescue, including how to become a foster parent!

If you’re still getting your costumes together, keep these in mind.
Neutral judges will be giving out 3 awards:
– The Best in Show (best all around costume/presentation)
– The “Pawp Culture” Award (most timely/relevant)
– The “Opposable Thumbs” Award (shout out to all the homemade costumes out there)
Prizes include free daycare and walks, among other great things!

This event is FREE for all!

129 Malden St
Boston, Massachusetts

Woofstock 2017 at SOWA Open Market Boston

SOWA Open Market will be hosting an Woofstock  is a dog-friendly afternoon filled with cocktails, canines, live music and more on Saturday, October 21, 11-4pm.

Woofstock 2017 at SOWA Open Market Boston

Hate leaving your pup at home when you’re headed out for drinks? Well, you don’t have to. All bar proceeds benefit Last Hope K9 Rescue.

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Tickets are FREE thanks to Tito’s Handmade Vodka, vodka for dog people! Bring your pups, and enjoy some cocktails like the Arnold Pomeranian, The Moscow Drool, Hair of the Dog Bloody Mary, the Greyhound and more! Food trucks will be onsite all afternoon. Tito’s Handmade Vodka will donate $1 to Last Hope K9 for every social media post tagging #lovetitos #vodkafordogpeople and #lasthopek9
There will be live music from Old Jack, and The Rationales while you enjoy lawn games, sip cocktails, and let the pups run free in the play area! Vendors will be on site with the latest and greatest items for your four-legged friends, plus a photo booth, and more!
VIP swag bags are available with gifts for your furry friend. VIP swag bags benefit Last Hope K9 Rescue. Last Hope K9 Rescue is dedicated to saving abandoned, neglected, and/or abused dogs from high-kill shelters throughout the United States. Last Hope K9 Rescue will be onsite with dogs that are available for adoption.

SOWA Open Market
540 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

BarkHappy Boston: Halloween Costume Pawty 2017 in Dorchester

BarkHappy Halloween Costume Pawty will be  Sunday October  29th at ester in Dorchester.    Grab your dogs and your friends to join BarkHappy for a pawesome time to benefit PAWS New England! BarkHappy Boston: Halloween Costume Pawty  2017 in Dorchester

All ticket holders will receive free pet photography with a complimentary digital download by Wags & Whiskers, snacks from ester, treats from The Pooped Pooch, a free Pooch-ini coupon from Shake Shack and entry into our raffle for great prizes!

Dogs in costume will receive an extra raffle ticket and have a chance to show off their costumes in our Doggy Costume Parade.

Join us Sunday, October 29 from 4:30pm-6:30pm at:
ester
2261 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester Center, MA 02124

Early Bird Tickets are $12, Standard Tickets are $15 all tickets include:
– FREE Vodka Cocktail courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka
– FREE Pooch-ini Coupons from Shake Shack
– FREE Snacks from ester
– FREE Doggy Treats from The Pooped Pooch
– FREE Photography with a Complimentary Digital Download by Wags & Whiskers Pet Photography
– FUN Costume Parade
– EXCITING Door Prizes

Purchase tickets here: https://bostonhalloweenpawty.eventbrite.com/

NOTE: $12 Early Bird Tickets are limited in quantity. Once they sell out, General Admission is $15.

NOTE: This event is Family Friendly. All friendly well behaved dogs (and adult humans) welcome on the outdoor patio. Dogs must remain leashed at all times.

RSVP in the BarkHappy mobile app under “Events”

Tickets are online, advance purchase only. As this is a charity event, all ticket sales are final and there are no refund. A portion of the proceeds will benefit PAWS New England.