Where’s the Beach?

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I would rather be at the beach!

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Senior Dogs


One by one, they pass my cage,
Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
Way past his time, he can’t run and play.
They shake their heads slowly and go on their way.

A little old man, arthritic and sore,
It seems I am not wanted anymore
I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed.

Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail.
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?
My family decided I didn’t belong,
I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.

Whatever excuse they made in their head,
Can’t justify how they left me for dead.
Now I sit in this cage, where day after day,
Those younger dogs get adopted away.

When I had almost come to the end of my rope,
You saw my face, and I finally had hope.
You saw thru the grey, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond the cage

You took me home, gave me food and a bed.
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.
We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
You love me so dearly, you want me to know.

I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them with a love so much stronger.
And I promise to return all the love I can give,
To You, my dear person, as long as I live.

I may be with you for a week or for years,
We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
And when the time comes that God deems I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.

And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
And I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the angel who made my last days so dear.


Lionel’s Legacy Senior Dog Rescue

This is a blog hop for Blog the Change 4 Animals.  We come together to support people helping animals in need each 15th of January, April, July and October. Four times a year makes it easy for even the busiest of the busys (my own word) to write about their passion or cause.


Lionel, 15 year old pit mix pulled from a Los Angeles shelter.

This post is about Lionel’s Legacy Rescue in San Diego, CA, a senior dog rescue and humane education program for elementary school children founded by Laura Oliver. Laura has helped animals since childhood alongside her mother. Laura is an elementary school teacher, mother, and wife. How she finds the time to do all she does for seniors who need help is beyond me. One of the most caring and generous people I have ever met. It truly takes a village!

I met Laura about four years ago when we both volunteered for It’s the Pits Rescue in San Diego. Lionel was one of many rescue dogs Laura took into her home. Lionel was extremely thin, barely able to walk, infested with fleas and worms, and his ear canals sealed shut from chronic untreated ear infections. Lionel, sadly, had to be put to sleep. Lionel’s Legacy was eventually born.

Like every rescue, we can use your support. One way you can help by shopping on Amazon, a portion goes to Lionel’s Legacy, be sure to select this rescue when making your purchase.

Lionel’s Legacy Facebook

We can always use fosters and help at pet adoption events if you live in the San Diego area. Thank you!

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Weekly Wag: The Complete Holistic Dog Book (My Dog Bible)

I have researched holistic canine care for some time and wanted to share with you an amazing book I found, The Complete Holistic Dog Book: home health care for our canine companions. I’ve purchased several holistic animal care books and I like this one the best. It is very easy to find what you are looking for and lots of illustrations. This book is written with compassion and a true understanding of an animal’s spirit.

Written by Jan Allegretti, holistic health care consultant and author of numerous articles on animal welfare and healing. She has respect and compassion for all living creatures. And Katy Sommers, D.V.M. and certified acupuncturist. She has a small animal hospital in Mendocino County, California, combining alternative therapies and conventional medicine with an emphasis on preventive care.

Some of the topics included are a holistic lifestyle, a wholesome diet, animal The Complete Holistic Dog Book: Home Health Care for Our Canine Companionsmassage, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), flower essences, homeopathy, herbs, acupressure, energy medicine and a chapter for seniors and letting go of your pet. Chapter 9 is a list of injuries and illnesses describing nutritional support, homeopathy, herbs and  acupressure treatment for each. Nutritional, homeopathic and herbal materia medicas are included in the back of the book.

Two reviews of the book:

“The Complete Holistic Dog Book is an excellent source for all dog lovers. It provides a wealth of information that will benefit all our Kindred Spirits. It is a wonderful contribution to the world of holistic animal healing.”

Allen M. Schoen, M.S. D.V.M. Director, Veterinary Institute of Therapeutic Alternatives and author of Kindred Spirits.

“In all the years of veterinary practice, never have I read a more sensitive, intelligent, and compassionate book, If you want the very best for your dog, you will read this lovingly written and accessible reference over and over again. All the information, advice, and guidance you will ever need to  guarantee the healthiest and happiest life possible for both you and your companion fill these pages. If ever there was a book that says it all, this the one–a must read for veterinarians and their clients.”

Elliot Katz, D.V.M., President, In Defense of Animals

Massage for Older Dogs

Hope runs Dog Massage and Wellness in Florida. She has 15 years experience in veterinary clinics and many certifications and licenses.