Purina Event Gave Adoptable Senior Dogs Their Well-Deserved Day

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Last week in New York, Purina celebrated its new adult dog food line — and National Pet Appreciation Week — by showcasing senior dogs in need of furever homes.
Last week in New York, Purina Pro Plan celebrated its new adult dog food line — and National Pet Appreciation Week — by showcasing senior dogs in need of furever homes. (Purina Pro Plan photo)

New York City’s celebrity social media dogs Hamilton Pug, Mishka the Talking Husky and Chloe Kardoggian, seen above, came out to support their fellow senior dogs last week at the launch of Purina Pro Plan BRIGHT MIND Adult 7+ dog food.

The pop-up clubhouse event was a celebration of dogs 7-years and older who were looking for families during National Pet Appreciation Week, which was held June 7-13. Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” was on hand to support the launch, answer questions and give his expert advice to interested adopters.

All photos courtesy of Purina Pro Plan.

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Dr. Marty Becker and his 12-year-old dog, Quixote, hang out with potential adopters.

My little Buddy is 11-years-old, but people constantly stop me and ask if he’s a puppy. His charismatic personality has stayed the same since the very first day I met him, which was Christmas Eve 2003. He was the greatest gift ever. His godmother, my dear friend Brendan Burnett, gave Buddy to me when she broke the news that she had to leave New York City and move to California due to work.

Two-month old Buddy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, softened that crushing blow. Buddy has brought me more joy than anyone ever! I want him to live forever, so I’ve always made sure I fed him right. I take him for teeth cleanings at the vet because gum disease is related to heart disease. And Buddy goes on, like, a gazillion doggie playdates. He loves to run around, and he’s really into sniffing and licking. Just look at my senior boy — he’s thriving!

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The day Buddy came into my life, left, and here we are again, still going strong.

I’m here to vouch for the love senior dogs bring. Don’t put ’em out to pasture — love ’em like they love you. Dogs are considered senior by the age of 7. Buddy is now four years older than that, and look at my little guy! He’s as alert and playful as ever. Bless his ‘lil doggie heart.

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A dog looking for a home eats out of a potential adopter’s hand.
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A New York City resident spends time with Momo, age 14, from Animal Haven.

Want to show the love for senior dogs? Use hashtag #MySeniorDog and send me your photos @DorriOlds, and I’ll share them with TheBlot!

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A Husky high-fives it during National Pet Appreciation Week.

Check out Mishka the Talking Husky. He says, “No puppies allowed.”

Here’s Mishka at the Purina Pro Plan Clubhouse:

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Dogs ages 7 and older hang out with New York City dog lovers.
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Dr. Becker and Quixote.

There are a number of non-profit animal rescue organizations that focus on senior dogs. Check out this article about Susie’s Senior Dogs. There are so many ways we can all help senior dogs. Here are 10 easy fundraising ideas to benefit animals in need. There are so many animal rescue organizations, it isn’t always easy to choose which one to go with. I spend much of my time seeking out folks who not only come up with original ways to celebrate dogs, they also vouch for great nonprofits. Of course, we’re not discriminating against cat rescue. Here are seven great reasons to adopt an older cat.

5 trustworthy animal-rescue organizations to consider sending tax deductible donations to:

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Senior dogs enjoy a puppy-free zone.
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Dr. Becker discusses the benefits of senior dog adoption with animal rescue advocate Suzanne Donaldson of Mrs. Sizzle.
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That face! I can’t even.

Dorri Olds is a contributing journalist for TheBlot Magazine

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