9 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Artist Mark Barone has set up his Act Of Dog site, the sales go to rescue shelter dogs. It’s a sad and yet wonderful group of paintings. Over five thousand portraits of shelter dogs killed in the system. PBS is doing a documentary on the exhibit and it’s truly eye opening.
    http://anactofdog.org/

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  2. I love old dogs. As I distributed chondroitin/glucosamine the other evening, I realized how few dogs needed it compared to the number who did. My Bloodhound needs more exercise – her hips, with atrophied muscles already when I adopted her just over a year ago, are worse and she is toeing over occasionally. My vet has her at 10. I was called and personally asked to adopt her, because her time was up – the hound person wept when she knew she was saved. So, one day I go out with the “speedsters,” and the next day, I go out with the slower, though certainly not tottering, dogs. Two at a time. I took my foster mini Dachshunds to the vet for their yearlies, then watched them enjoy being out of the yard. They, too, are older, 11 and 12, I think. We went to Panera where they shared a four cheese soufflé. And yet, I have a couple younger dogs who make me smile with their antics and yard zooming. The two younger Beagles “hunt” under the trees in the field, sounding off so I can hear each one. The photo you have with this post is absolutely lovely.

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