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Senior Dog Tricks and Leap Day

As a dog with some muscle atrophy, my way of celebrating Leap Day is taking a quick high step, on this rainy day.

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Maybe I should call it, Leap of Faith Day instead? That is sort of what it's like when I come to each sidewalk edge these days..will I hit or miss the curb? Every wanna go for a walk is different.

What does a dog give up for Lent?

Dogged determination. This year finding something to give up for Lent was tough. Diabetes & allergic reactions forced me to give up many of my favorite foods months ago. Grr.

But, after digging around, I decided I'm giving up a toy for Lent.

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I couldn't give up cuddles, walks, or treats. What's a dog to do? I'd give up getting my nails trimmed, if I could. BOL

PL gave up chocolate so I wanted to join in, as the good buddy I am. A dog toy will have to do...

Are you giving up anything?

Why Spay Day is a Celebration of Life

Spay Day is an annual campaign by the Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States. In my dog opinion, this event is a celebration of life. When all companion animals are wanted and in loving homes, I'd call that a celebration.

The intent of the Spay Day campaign is "to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats." Why is this important?

"Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats." - HSUS

Why should you care? 

Many people believe that their pet's puppies or kittens would never become homeless shelter animals. But the reality is that every time the dog finds his way under the fence to visit the neighbor's female dog, or the indoor/outdoor cat comes back home pregnant again, the result is a litter of dogs or cats. Even if they are placed into homes, it is still possible for them to end up in shelters once they become "hard to handle," or for them to reproduce further and for the next generation of puppies or kittens to wind up homeless

As a dog who was surrendered to a shelter, I know about this. My personality and size is likely the reason I was considered "hard to handle" and given up to a shelter. Compared to the millions of dogs and cats euthanized each year, I'm a very lucky girl [...]

 

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