Here are helpful resources for senior dogs, so they can enjoy their senior years. Old dogs don’t always get ill, they just get slower. As long as they have a nice comfy bed and a shady spot in the garden, they tend to like routine, quiet and nice food (be careful with ageing dogs, as they have delicate tummies, so try to stick to the same food routines, most can’t easily change food in a few weeks). Also see how to keep your dog safe, make your garden safe for pets and how to cope when pets die.
- Blue Cross has useful tips on feeding old dogs, common medical issues and (temporarily) saying goodbye, until you meet again.
- Oldies Club is a national charity that has old dogs (and a few cats) for adoption and fostering. They always need volunteers to help ferry oldies to their new homes. If you can’t adopt, you could help by knitting or crocheting a blanket for Snuggles Project.
- Lessons from Lucy is a gem of a book by Dave Barry. As he turns 70, he realises his dog is dealing with old age better than him. She has more friends, fewer worries and way more fun. So he decides to figure out how Lucy is so happy, by doing what she does. He reconnects with old friends and tries to make new ones (a struggle, as Lucy likes people more than he does).
- Your Dog’s Golden Years is written by 20 canine experts who share therapies, treatments and simple techniques for senior dogs, including traditional veterinary and holistic practices, from experienced professionals.
- Many older people have older dogs, and worry what will happen. Dog’s Trust Canine Card is a free card to keep in your wallet (National Animal Welfare Trust offers a similar card in South West). If you die, a nominated guardian is contacted to find loving homes for pets, trying to keep animals together. Include a codicil with your Will and Pet Trust.
Old Dogs is an artist’s portray of old dogs by Sally Muir, is well-known for her paintings of our canine friends. Featuring grey muzzles, milky eyes and wobbly legs, this book also includes tender anecdotes picked up from a whole lifetime of companionship. Her paintings of our more senior friends, are collected here for the first time.
Celebrating the ageing process in grace and style, this includes loose sketches, lithographs, potato prints and oil paintings. Big, small, pedigree and cross-breed.