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Senior Dog Blog

Want to get a dog but don’t have the time to train them? Adopt a senior! Senior dogs make wonderful pets; they sleep all day, they are usually already trained, and all they want is to be loved. Most of the time, puppies and younger dogs are the first to get adopted, while the older dogs tend to get looked over simply because they’re old. Puppies require a lot of time and energy that many people don’t have. Why should I adopt a senior dog, you ask?

1)      Older dogs are not extremely active. They like to lounge around and sleep most of the day, and they require short walks. A senior dog is the way to go if you’re always rushing to get to work and exhausted when you come home, or if you’re just lazy!

2)      Contrary to popular belief, old dogs can learn new tricks. They know what it takes to get in the pack, so reading humans is easy for them and they are quite willing to adapt.

3)      You know exactly what to expect. Dogs are pretty set in their ways once they reach a certain age. You know exactly what health problems they have and any behavioral issues.

4)      When you adopt a senior, you save a life. These elderly canines were once someone’s beloved companion. They have ended up in a shelter usually because of financial problems, a big move, or the death of an owner. Unfortunately, old dogs tend to get overlooked and as a result, they are all too often put to sleep.

5)      Senior dogs are loving. They are grateful to be saved by you. This creates an instant bond that will get them through their golden years.

So, I ask why not adopt a senior? They need a home just as much as puppies do and they are not as much work. Give your heart to a senior and they’ll never take it for granted.



Happy Easter!

High Tail is having a blast with a whole bunch of Easter Puppies today! 

Don't forget that chocolate eggs are yummy for the kids, but not your pup!!


Pic of the day

When you need a hug, you need a hug!

Disclaimer: No animals were harmed in the making of this photo.


Yummy Yummy Pumpkin

Just like us, our doggie friends get upset tummies too. It’s tough knowing our beloved beasts are feeling discomfort but there are a few things we can do to alleviate their grumbly tumms. The number one and easiest thing to give your pooch is pumpkin. If it is fall and pumpkins are filling the stores, go ahead and roast a few fresh sugar pumpkins at home, chop a few chunks for them and you can have the leftovers. Yum! But adding a scoop of canned pureed pumpkin to their breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or midnight snack can be done year round. The high dose of all natural fiber helps combat constipation and diarrhea, and the oils in pumpkin flesh promote urinary health as well. As and added bonus pumpkin is packed with vitamin A, iron, and potassium.

            I just so happen to be a baker and love getting to share my creations with both human and canine alike, so if you are feeling up to a little fun in the kitchen then I have a great Pumpkin Dog Treat recipe for your sensitive stomached doggies courtesy of SimmerTillDone.com. Not only is this full of pumpkin but it’s wheat free too!   

Pumpkin Dog Biscuits


2 eggs

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

2 tablespoons dry milk

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 1/2 cups brown rice flour *

1 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)



Preheat oven to 350.

In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine.

Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2 and use cookie-cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog.

* Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not, like many people I know, tolerate wheat.

Makes about 65 biscuits.


Doozle Says...

If you made your turkey or broth with onions, don't forget that can be very toxic to us canines.

And now that we've spent the day laying around eating, lets not forget to plan a hike or a walk so I can keep an eye on my waistline.

Sure hope everyone had as much fun as I did this Thanksgiving!

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