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Most of you know me as a "cat" person. I didn’t used to be. I always considered myself to be a “dog” person. I was indifferent about cats. That was the case until I was converted by this beautiful feline we call KiKi.

 

In late spring/early summer of 2010, we had 3 geriatric dogs (Bailey, Bolan and Jackson) pass away in the span of 7 weeks. In June 2010 is when we got our current dogs, Dexter and Persia, from the local shelter. About a month later, KiKi wandered into our backyard with her 4 kittens (Garfield, Diablo, Odie and Switz) that were about 3 months old at the time.

I tried finding a place that would take them in with no luck. This is when I found out about TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release). I was told that this would be the best option for them. So I started sitting outside with the cats trying to gain their trust through their stomachs. It was a success with KiKi but not the kittens.

 

KiKi has become what I call “an attention whore.” She is an amazing cat! She comes when my husband or I call her. Every time we take the dogs outside she comes running asking for attention. We tried bringing her inside, but she does not like it. We tried on a number of occasions but she likes the life she has. She has food and shelter available to her outside, so all things considered she does have it pretty good.

 

KiKi and all of her kittens have been TNR’d. Switz was the only one I couldn’t capture in time before having babies. 2 litters later, I was finally able to catch her. We kept 2 kittens from the 1st litter (Milo & Miss Harvey) and 1 kitten from the 2nd (Captain Jack). So in all, we have 3 cats inside and 5 outside. This is all because KiKi chose our backyard.

Description: Sojos dehydrated raw food is a wholesome grain-free pre-mix that you simply combine with water to create your own fresh, homemade pet food. Made with USDA freeze-dried raw turkey and other all-natural ingredients

 

Ingredients: USDA freeze-dried raw turkey, dried sweet potatoes, whole eggs, and apples. No preservatives. Nothing artificial. And because Sojos Complete is grain-free, it’s great for sensitive dogs.

 

Feeding Instructions: Simply soak it in water to give your dog a fresh, home-prepared meal in minutes. Instructions Combine Sojos Complete with water. Let soak in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (preferably overnight) and serve. You can mix a four-day batch ahead of time and refrigerate in a sealed container or keep larger batches in the freezer. Shake bag occasionally to keep ingredients mixed. For adult and geriatric dogs we recommend once-a-day feeding. For puppies we recommend twice-a-day feeding. (For twice-a-day feeding, split the amounts below in half.) Measurements are listed in cups. 1 lb. of Sojos Complete makes approximately 6.5 lbs. of fresh, raw dog food.

  

For those of you who have commented on recent pics of Eva saying she looks innocent and angelic, Kael would like to submit this photo as "exhibit a". Eva really enjoys standing on her hind legs and slapping Kael in the face with her front paws, while barking.

 

Kael tolerates it for a while - then starts yelling like any good geriatric person would to do at a high stakes game of bingo. After that she goes in side, watches some "murder, she wrote" and complains about politics. Gotta love geriatric dogs.

Just got her next batch of immunizations at the vet.

 

I got all choked up while there, because there were a couple of highly-charged situations going on, both involving geriatric dogs having a really tough time. One involved a big dog who seemed to be failing fast, lying on the floor on its side in one of the exam rooms, surrounded by an overflow of owners and onlookers in the hallway. The dog kept bursting into loud horrible wails, so loud they drowned out all other conversation in the building.

 

The other situation involved a woman with an east coast accent, and a very big old dog who was too heavy to lift from the back of her SUV. The dog, suddenly ill and very lethargic, may have been sick with something very contagious, so the vet techs had asked her to keep the dog in her car until there was an exam room available. She was waiting a long time, and her son, whom she'd enlisted to assist her in carrying the dog, had to leave to go to work. She started to get upset, yelling at everyone. The staff implored her to calm down and she said, through tears, "It's MY dog, I think I'm allowed to get a little emotional!"

Hazel and I were waiting at the front counter to pay the charges, and I suddenly felt guilty thinking others were envious of the ease of my puppy's carefree youth... not knowing at all that I have two senior-aged dogs at home and the thoughts running through my mind about them. I started to cry.

It's been a very long time, flickr. Two years, in fact. A lot has changed and happened, honestly too much to detail without making it a story. I'll try to avoid doing that.

 

My absence was brought on by depression and anxiety, to put it simply. I stopped doing all the things I used to find job and accomplishment in, including photography. I continued to foster (dogs only), and found new homes for dozens of special needs and geriatric dogs during this time. It was one of the few things that kept me going, knowing there were those out there that needed my help. As expected, some of those dogs didn't leave for various reasons: never found a home, have on-going health issues which make them poor adoption candidates, they bond with the pack, etc. For better or for worse, I share my new house with seven wonderful pups. Some of the faces may look familiar, some are new. Chowder, on the bottom right, is the only one pictured that is no longer with us, as he passed away in February due to very aggressive lymphoma. His passing I took very hard, and still find myself thinking about him often. Klaus, the one above him, has been diagnosed with canine degernative myelopathy since winter 2013, shortly after I found him abandoned at a local dog park. Luckily with medication the progression has slowed, but this disease has no cure, and it's starting to show more and more each day. I love all my dogs, but this guy.. this is going to be a difficult one to let go when it does happen. Hopefully it won't be soon. I plan on doing individual shots with everyone soon and give background stories to the new faces.

 

I'm going to try to get back onto flickr more. I'm not sure if anyone really visits my little corner of this website anymore, but that's okay.

Bunny is happy to announce she has spent her first night in her new (forever) home. She wants to thank the people at Bosley's Pet Food store for helping make a dream come true.

 

Bunny now lives, in a big house, with Annie and two geriatric dogs; Micky and Foxy. She's confident she'll have them eating out of her dish (sort of cleaning it for her) in no time.

 

On Annie's suggestion Bunny renamed herself Lucera (Spanish for Pure LIght).

 

Lucera says HAPPY NEW YEAR everybody .... and never give up on your dream.

Cataracts are very common in geriatric dogs. Eventually they will cause blindness and can lead to painful conditions in the eyes. You can go to eye specialist where they can remove the cataracts and possible vision can be restored in your pet.

This was an odd case because one cataract (left eye) was milkier/whiter (maturer) than the right eye. Usually both eyes are very similar...

Geriatric dogs can be cute too!

Obedience is not static but an ongoing experience. Acme Canine can help you work through the changes in your dog as it matures from a puppy to an adult and even as a senior. Each stage of life has its specific issues and the staff at Acme Canine is here to help you and your dog achieve the best relationship possible.

We had our first paying client for AllPaws Photography today! This is our vet, Dr G from Helping Hands Veterinarian Clinic. He was the person responsible for bringing Mischu back to health. He's a wonderful, caring man and we're really glad to have found him. He specializes in geriatric dogs and cats which is actually how we found him. We went to his seminar about how to take care of your older pets and we were very impressed with him. So much so that we took Mischu to him when she got sick. Because his focus is on geriatric pets, we wanted to get a picture of him with Gilda, our 14.5 year old Golden. He also bought over his kitty, Chu, which we also photographed with him but I really like this shot. I hope it makes all his vet friends jealous and they come to us for their portraits!

 

It was a hard shoot because there wasn't much light to work with today but we lucked out in the end because we finished up just before it started raining. We actually shot inside near a window too but I had to set up a work light to fill in some of the shadows. I don't really like studio lighting but it was a necessity. The soft light outside was really nice though, I just wish there was a little more of it. It made for some slow shutter speeds so we did end up with a lot of blurry shots.

The new cat has made himself quite at home. Two geriatric dogs are not impressed.

These behavior changes in geriatric dogs are also seen in dogs with cognitive dysfunction disorder. They are often mistaken for one another and that is why it is so important to perform a thyroid profile test to rule out other medical issues or behavioral disorders.

 

the geriatric dogs take a play break.

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MYOS RENS Technology has signed an agreement with Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine to evaluate the impact of Fortetropin on quality of life and activity in geriatric dogs.

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