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Rescue Spotlight: Paws for Seniors

In a recent PetFinder study, “less-adoptable” pets stay in animal shelter four times as long as other pets. Sadly, 24% Animal Rescues say senior pets are the number one looked over animal in shelters. (source) BestBullySticks knows that many people are missing out on great companions, but there is one rescue in Virginia making a difference in the lives of senior pets—Paws for Seniors.

We recently spoke to Brenda Scamoredella, co-founder of Paws for Seniors about how this great rescue got it’s start and stories of some very inspiring dogs.

When & Why did you start?

Paws For Seniors formed in the fall of 2011 following the collapse of a rescue group in the area that the founders were fostering 3 senior dogs for. Daiquiri, Artie and Princess were transferred to the care of Paws For Seniors. In January 2012, Paws For Seniors was incorporated in the state of Virginia as a non-profit organization focused on caring for and finding homes for senior dogs and cats, aged seven years and older where they can live out their golden years with dignity and love through rescue, foster, adoption, and hospice.

Like Daiquiri, who after 19 years of dedication and love to her family, Senior Dogs and Cats become homeless every day for any number of reasons; we knew we had to help by bringing awareness that Senior Pets are not to be overlooked! They deserve a chance to thrive and prove that they can live as active, loving, dedicated family members. Every day we work to give Senior Pets a chance to LIVE out their GOLDEN years with dignity and love.

This is Daiquiri’s Story

As a puppy, Daiquiri found herself lost in the woods, dumped and forgotten. Luckily a family walking in the woods found her, where she remained for the next 19 years. Daiquiri's life has not always been easy. She fought cancer twice, the last time 10 years ago. Two years ago, Daiquiri began to lose her hearing; today, she is deaf. In March, 2011 at the age of 19 years old, Daiquiri was displaced from the only family she knew. Daiquiri became a foster of Brenda & Jim, founders of Paws For Seniors, her nails were so long they were embedded in the pads of her feet. She constantly shook her head because her ears were infected and full of ear wax as a result she was deaf. We trimmed her nails, got the infected ears under control and started her on a high quality food diet.

For the next 2 years and 4 months Daiquiri spent a life of happiness and love. AND stood proud as the Paws For Seniors Poster Child. On July 3, 2013 at the young age of 21 years old we bid farewell to our dear sweet Daiquiri. We know she will be waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge. RIP Daiquiri your legacy will live on!

What about Artie and Princess?

Artie and Princess came to us when their family sadly could not keep them through circumstances out of their control. The family had saved them both as seniors from a local shelter 1 year apart and loved them dearly. It took 9 months of work to find a forever home for them where they became loving family members. Sadly we recently received news that Artie, at the age of 14 years old, had gone to the rainbow bridge. Princess, 14 years old, continues to be a loving active family member.

What's different about your rescue?

We don’t think of ourselves as different however here are some of our philosophies.

We do not believe that we are “in competition” with rescue groups and shelters but “in concert”. We all have the same goal of helping animals in distress, caring for them, and finding “furever” homes.

We believe that pet companionship is key to keeping our aging society young at heart! We will work to match senior dogs & cats with senior citizens, while considering the needs of both.

We will work with rescues/shelters to network and cross-post Senior Dogs and Cats in their care to aid in finding a permanent home.

What is the greatest success story or "win" that your rescue has had?

Although we will never know Brownie’s entire past from his manners we feel that at one time he was a loving family member. Brownie came to us in the Spring of 2012 while helping a rescue group with some of their senior dogs. He had been rescued from a dog-fighting ring where he was used as a bait dog. As a result his body was riddled with scars and he lost one of his eyes. He appeared to be an old man but his spirit remained high and he did not harbor any ill feelings for humans or other dogs for that matter. Because of his appearance we thought that he would be with us for his remaining years. However, we are pleased to say that he was adopted in the fall of 2012 by a loving family where he has a farm to roam, other dogs to play with and a warm bed to rest at the end of the day. Despite his rough time with the dogfight ring, he remains the loving carefree chocolate lab that he was born to be. Each and every day he amazes his family with his resilience and love.

 

Mello lost his home when his owner could no longer care for him due to health. He was transferred to us with 2 other dogs from the same family. His kennel card was marked “Don’t mess with face, WILL BITE.” This did not deter us as we worked to help him understand that we were there to help and love him. Yes he didn’t like his face being messed with at first but as he learned to trust us his true personality began to shine. He constantly had a smile on his face and would run and play.

When we were contacted by his new family that they wanted to adopt him, we processed the application and set up a meet and greet. On the first visit his new mom picked him up and kissed him right on the lips. Meanwhile we held our breath, praying that Mello didn’t revert to his old ways and bite her! When he didn’t we knew that they were a match made in heaven.

Mello now spends his days traveling with his family from their home in DC to their home in California. He has his own passport and gets to ride in the cabin with his mom. We receive many reports of how well he is doing and how much they adore him. His Mom and Dad report that Mello is the ambassador for Paws For Seniors wherever they go.

What's the most rewarding thing about working at your rescue?

Many dogs and cats when they lose the only home they have ever known go into a depression which we call “rescue shock”; they recede into themselves and do not want to deal with any one human or animal. Each and every volunteer with our group plays an important role in helping rehabilitate, train, and showcase our pets in need. The reward at the end of the day is knowing that we have done everything humanly possible to help a senior pet come back to optimal health both mentally and physically.

What can people do to help your rescue?

We are an all-volunteer group in need of like-minded volunteers to help with promoting the pets in our care. We are currently seeking individuals that can help us by taking charge of organizing fundraising events, outreach to active senior communities, and foster care. http://www.pawsforseniors.org/volunteer.html

We are always in need of responsible foster families that can house pets that need a place to rest their head and in some cases help with training until we can find them a new home. http://www.pawsforseniors.org/fostering.html

We rely on the public at large for donations to help us fund the vet care that the pets need. This includes, routine checkups, blood work, and dental care and in some cases more serious surgeries. Therefore monetary donations may be sent by check to Paws For Seniors PO Box 738 Bealeton, VA 22712 or online by visiting http://www.pawsforseniors.org/donate.html.

Thank you to Brenda for speaking with us and to Paw for Seniors and all the amazing work they do for such wonderful four-legged companions!  

Weekly Drool Recipe: Skeleton Bone Dog Treat Recipe via Irresistible Pets

It’s no secret that dogs love bones. But around Halloween, bones take on a whole new meaning! Best Bully Sticks is happy to share a not-so-spooky, yet “bone-chilling” fun dog treat recipe from our friend Aimee & Chuy at Irresistible Pets! Check out the Skeleton Bone Dog Treat recipe below! OooOoooOooo!

Ingredients

For the Bones

  • 2 ½ cups non-bleached flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 chicken bouillon

For the Icing

  • 1 cup non-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup water

Time Required: One 1/2 hours plus freeze time.

Allow 20 minutes for prep plus 30 minutes for baking and 30 minutes to cool

Allow 10 minutes for icing + freeze time

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Directions

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spray the cookie pan lightly to prevent the bones from sticking.

2. Mix all of the ingredients together and knead dough until it forms a ball.

3. Take a small piece of dough and roll it like this. (see photo to left.)

4. Place the dough in the bone shaped cookie pan and press it into the shape of the bone.

5. Bake for 30 minutes.

6. Take out of the oven and allow the bones to cool. Don’t you just love the cracks? They make them look like real skeleton bones!

7. Mix 1 cup of non-fat plain yogurt with about ½ cup water. Mix well so that there are no lumps.

8. Place the cooled bones into the bowl with the yougurt “dip” and cover the entire bone.

9. Place the “dipped” bone on to wax paper.

10. Place bones in freezer until the yogurt dip is frozen. They were hard in about an hour.

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

A huge Thank You to Aimee and Chuy at Irresistible Pets for letting us share this spooooky good dog treat recipe!

Check out Best Bully Sticks entire line of all-natural dog treats and chews, like all-natural bully sticks for every day great treats!

New Elk Antler Dog Chews at Best Bully Sticks!

There are probably a lot of things you and your dog can agree on—how naps are great or taking a long walk is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Best Bully Sticks also thinks you can also agree there’s hardly anything better than a good fillet of something tasty. We’ve got a new fillet just for your dog that both of you will love—Elk Antler Fillets!

Elk Antler Fillets are a cross-section of a hearty all-natural USA elk antler that exposes the tasty marrow on both sides! And Best Bully Sticks carries 5 different sizes, ranging from small to giant so you can find the perfect match for you dog. These highly durable, American dog chews will not only last a long time in your home, but your dog will get lasting health benefits as long as the elk antler is around.

Rich in iron, zinc, phosphorus and calcium, Elk Antlers are packed with great nutrients. And, they’ll clean your dog’s teeth as chewing scrapes away icky tartar and plaque. You’ll never have to worry about anything artificial in our Elk Antlers—we simply collect naturally shed antlers in the wild, wash with water and cut to perfect sizes for your dog to enjoy!

Check out all of our Elk Antler Fillets and full line of all-natural American Elk Antler dog chews today! 

Weekly Drool Recipe: Boo Berry Bats via Doggy Dessert Chef

Nothing spooky about these dog treats! Best Bully Sticks brings you a tasty and healthy treat for Fido to celebrate HOWL-O-Ween from Doggy Dessert Chef. These Boo Berry Bats give the tasty flavor and health benefits of blueberries with the festive holiday theme! Enjoy this easy dog treat recipe and the Halloween season!

Ingredients

Bats

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons powdered Milk
  • 2 cups Wheat Flour

Icing

  • 2 cups Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons Honey

Directions

Bats

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Puree blueberries in a blender and combine all ingredients in a large bowl until well mixed. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a floured surface 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutter of your choice. Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 20 to 30 minutes until slightly browned.

3. Cool before serving and refrigerate.

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Icing

Beat cream cheese and honey together until fluffy, add juice from blueberries for blue tint color. Spread on cookies.

Enjoy & Bone Appétit!

Thanks to Doggy Dessert Chef for sharing the Boo Berry Bats dog treat recipe and photos! Check out more tasty treats for your pooch in our Weekly Drool Recipe category! Think of it as your own personal dog-treat recipe box.

For an everyday healthy and natural treat, give your dog a bully stick from BBS!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Sweet Potato Nothings via Pawsh Magazine

Sweet Potatoes are a fantastic source for vitamins and minerals that your dog can benefit from! They are also rich in antioxidants, great for an upset stomach and are an anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory food! And Best Bully Sticks knows that dogs LOVE sweet potato! We’re happy to feature Pawsh Magazine’s Sweet Potato Nothings dog treat recipe just in time for the fall season. With only 3 ingredients your dog can still enjoy all the benefits of raw sweet potato! Full recipe below.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water (adjust measurement according to size of potato used)
  • Mini-cupcake pan and mini-cupcake skirts

Directions

1.  Wash, peel and dice sweet potato; although you can leave the skins on if desired.

2.  Steam sweet potato until it is nice and soft, even a little mushy.

3.  Mash sweet potato in a bowl with a fork.

4.  Mix in flour and water at the same time to achieve a thick paste.

5.  Scoop mixture into mini-cupcake skirts and bake for 40 minutes at 350 until crisp and golden.

6.  Allow to cool then treat your pup!

Enjoy & Bone Appétit!

Thanks to Pawsh Magazine for sharing the Sweet Potato Nothings dog treat recipe and photos! Check out more tasty treats for your pooch in our Weekly Drool Recipe category! Think of it as your own personal dog-treat recipe box.

For an everyday healthy and natural treat, give your dog a bully stick from BBS!

 

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