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I used to be a ladies man. They couldn’t keep their hands off me! (Believe me, I know what Bradley Cooper must go through.) I used to hear things like, “Ooooo, he’s so handsome!” and “What a gorgeous dog.” Now I hear, “Awww, how old is he?” and, “He’s doing really good for his age, huh?” I just roll my eyes. Yep, my once rich brown snout is now completely white, and I may look like a bony old gramps, but listen here, Sonny, my heart is the same as it ever was — probably even better. The experiences of my 16 years have truly made me wise. I’ve learned not to get too excited about every squirrel in the backyard. Psh. Turns out they’re kinda boring anyway. I’ve learned I don’t have to jump the fence, or even dig under it, to have a good time. I’ve learned I don’t have to raise my leg to pee (I feel like I’ve been lied to for my entire life)! I enjoy being wiser. As a puppy, I didn’t know any humanspeak, so I was confused a lot as to what the people wanted. Now I know lots of words and common courtesies. I’m an important editor, for crying out loud! I throw fancy parties! I drive a Mercedes! I own many distinguished suits! Life is grande. Okay, busted. I don’t drive a Mercedes, but you get the point. Life gets better as long as you keep learning and are loved. I may no longer be a ladies’ man, but I know that I’ll be loved for my entire life. My co-worker (aka mom) tells me that all the time. As I am a wise (yet still extremely handsome) hound, I know that that’s absolutely everything. Salut! (That’s french.) GEORGE

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to. Watching the squirrels from a sunny spot in the yard can be just as rewarding to an older dog as chasing them was when he was young. As long as a decrease in mobility doesn’t cause isolation from the family or the outdoors, then it shouldn’t negatively impact happiness.

as a veterinarian, a mother, and a wife, I often dream of retirement. Aside from the travel and Kris Kane, DVm walks on the beach, there will be naps. A lot of them. That will It can be hard to determine if your older pet make me happy. is in pain — if she sleeps a lot, does it mean she’s in pain or that she just likes naps? Your veterinarian So this is what I think of when an owner comes to can help you figure this one out if you aren’t sure. see me with their older pet, worried because their Seeing your vet can help reassure you that your friends think they should “just put him down,” and dog feels good or help you ease any discomforts that “all he does is sleep.” They are really asking, “Is that she might have. my dog happy?” How do we tell when our elderly pets are happy? Do lots of naps and no more ball chasing mean a dog is unhappy? If we view our dog’s later years as retirement, and don’t expect them to act like puppies their entire life, it’s a little easier to figure out. There are several things to consider when deciding if your little old man or lady is having a happy retirement. – Does your dog still enjoy mealtime? Do his ears still perk up when he hears a treat bag? Meal and treat times are exciting events for most dogs, and should continue to be so in retirement. – The emotional health of our dogs is just as important as their physical health, and maintaining social relationships are important to happiness. Is your dog excited to see you and spend time with you when you get home? If so, it’s OK that she can’t spin around in circles like she used to. She’s happy to just be with you. – This is one of the most important aspects and often the hardest to interpret. While a dog does need to be able to explore his environment, it’s OK if he can’t run three miles or chase a ball like he used

As our pets age, there are noninvasive (and inexpensive) ways to improve their happiness and well-being. Don’t be afraid to see your veterinarian just because your pet is in retirement! Be clear about your desires for your pet’s retirement, and any areas that you think could use some help. Enjoy these years with your older pet — this is your reward for putting up with the shoe chewing of puppyhood! Let him revel in his cushy bed and long naps! I’m sure that, when I’m retired and someone says, “All she does is sleep,” it will be with a smile on my face and a furry retiree in my lap. Dr. Kane has been practicing veterinary medicine in Jacksonville since 1996, and is currently at Oceanview Veterinary Hospital. Outside of work, she loves beach bike rides, hiking, reading, and yoga. Dr. Kane shares her home with her husband and children, her chihuahua/pomeranian mix Lexie; her lab/shepherd mix Lily; cat, Snickers; bearded dragon, Pogi; Enzo, the beta fish; Enzo’s cleaner snail (the only one who helps out around the house) and someday a goat if her daughter gets her way.

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Old Dog A s To l d B y S i r W i n s t o n C l a y, The Old Dog House Permanent Resident

heartworm positive, and a hematoma on one of my ears. Such a sad sight; I can’t imagine what people were saying about me! No one came for me, so the good people at the shelter contacted The Old Dog House to see if they could help me. They said yes! My vet visit revealed I had hypothyroidism; a heart condition that prevented me from going through treatment for the disease; an incurable condition that causes me to lose protein in my urine; hip dysplasia; arthritis in my spine, hips, and knees; and about five fused vertebrae. Whew! What a mess. Despite all of these terrible health conditions, there was a sparkle in my eyes, a huge smile, and I flat out refused to stop wagging my tail!

Sir Winston Clay, pre-nap

Well, hello there!

I’m Sir Winston Clay, but you can just go ahead and call me Winston, since we’re friends now. I call The Old Dog House senior dog rescue home. Oh? You would like a little background on me? Happy to. Almost three years ago, a kind woman found me running loose in her neighborhood and took me to Clay County Animal Care and Control. I sure was a trainwreck then. Filthy, underweight, furless — mid-body down to the tip of my tail,

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The healing began. Everything that could be fixed was fixed, and the rest of my ailments are now well-managed. Many families have been interested in adopting me, but the monthly cost of my medical care is a deal breaker. I do have special angels that sponsor me monthly to help with my medical expenses.

Now, let me tell you a little bit about daily life at The Old Dog House! I live at the main foster home with 12 other dogs and two cats. Sounds like chaos, right? But, remember we are a bunch of old dogs and sleeping is one of our favorite activities. Zzzzzzzzzzz... Our mornings start around 7:30 or so — or whenever we hear the food bowls clanging in the kitchen! Eating is another one of our favorite activities. While our foster parents are preparing

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breakfast, we spend time outside in our yard. We may be old, but our senses are still sharp. Sniffing the trail of a critter that passed through the yard overnight, searching the trees for birds and squirrels, and lounging in the morning sun are all amongst our old-guy (and gal) morning activities. When it’s time to eat, we all have our assigned eating spots and run right to them. Every bowl gets licked clean. It’s one of our most important jobs. No picky eaters at The Old Dog House! After breakfast, there is more outside time and activities can include grooming, sunbathing, “helping” scoop the yard, and lots of love and attention from our foster parents. I am special

Sadie, pre-nap because every Monday and Friday morning, I get to go to my favorite place ... the vet! I love the vet! I get cold laser therapy on my back, hips, and knees twice a week to help with my arthritis pain. This treatment keeps me mobile. The vet techs give me cookies and sometimes I even get a couple of french fries on the way home. Once breakfast and outside time are over, the napping

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begins! And, boy are we champion nappers. Did I tell you sleeping is one of our favorite activities? Some afternoons, we have friends come over to visit with us. We get to play outside, get lots of love and attention, and, of course, lots of treats! All of that exercise and attention can sure wear us out, so we take more naps until dinner. Our foster parents are convinced we can tell time because no matter how much snoring is going on, when the clock strikes 5, we all wake up and start singing for our supper!

attention and, you guessed it, naps! Sometimes we watch TV with our foster parents. After one last time outside, we settle in for the night. All 12 of us have our favorite spots to sleep throughout the house and rarely choose other spots. Routine is a good thing for a bunch of old dogs!

After eating, we get more outside time. We have lots of trees around our property, so you know what that means — squirrels! Those little pests know our routine and take full advantage of taunting us when we are outside. They keep us on our toes! Evening brings more love and

Most old dogs do not have all of the medical issues I do. Many just need good food, regular veterinary care, appropriate exercise, and lots of love! We can still do many of the things we did as younger dogs, maybe just not as long or as often. I’ve heard my foster mom say age is not a disease and that every dog deserves to grow old. I know she is right!

The Old Dog House is NE Florida’s first nonprofit, 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to giving older and senior dogs a second chance. The age of a dog often determines its chances of reaching the adoption floor to find a new forever home. As a result, many wonderful dogs are denied the ability to live out their lives with dignity, surrounded by love. The Old Dog House aims to enlighten the public to the absolute joys of owning an older dog. The dogs that come into the care of The Old Dog House will remain in our care until adopted. We rely solely on donations from the public to support our organization. 100% of donations received are used for the care and rehabilitation of the dogs at The Old Dog House. Every penny makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. It’s easy to donate to The Old Dog House, or specifically to Winston’s Fund! Visit: theolddoghouse.org/donate 12 | Years teach us more than books. Berthold Auerbach


Lazer

Lazer is in the prime of his life at about 8 years old! He’s a sweet, affectionate boy that deserves a home of his own. All Lazer wants is to make friends! Human and canine! He knows basic commands and has attended a group obedience class to hone his socialization skills. Lazer’s ideal home would be calm, yet have humans that enjoy activities like running, hiking, and going to the beach. He gets along well with respectful children and would probably enjoy having a calm, even-tempered canine friend. Lazer is neutered, current on vaccinations, and heartworm negative.

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Sampson

Sampson loves everybody! Believed to be about 9 years old, Sampson is neutered and house trained. His foster family is working on basic commands with him. He is great on car rides and pretty much just curls up in the back and goes to sleep when we take him anywhere. He walks well on a leash but, does get super duper excited when he sees other dogs. But he’s working on that!

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UnConDitional loVe their mantra is, “A loose Schipperke is a gone Schipperke!” They have wanderlust. Maybe his family did try to look for him. I would like to believe that they did, but all Jayne Sidwell of Canine Estates knew was that Cracker Jack was found by Animal Control. The lovely people there believed in him so much they pestered Jayne to come rescue the little ol’ man.

I had just made the most difficult decision ever, and if you are a pet parent, you know that decision is the Rainbow Bridge. Going on emotion I swore, “No More Dogs! Too much heartache!” That decision lasted as long as it took for me to get bored — two nights later.

I adopted Cracker Jack 15 months after being taken in by Canine Estates. Everyone was very excited for Cracker Jack! So many people posted about what a wonderful boy he is and that they would miss him, but that he waited a long time and he was so deserving of a home — they all thanked me. Jayne’s sister even wrote a poem for him!

Cracker Jack

Jayne saved me the road trip and had a volunteer deliver sweet Cracker to my front door — Penny Whalen suitcase and all! It was love at first sight. A new I typed in “Schipperke boyfriend — one that didn’t steal rescue” in Google, and up the covers or control the remote — a popped Petfinder with available perfect fit! When I saw him I realized Schipperkes, my breed of choice. There that Cracker Jack was not a mix, he was he was ... at the very bottom. Cracker a pedigree Schipperke! Not that it really Jack. This cute little black fuzzball was mattered, but it was a bonus to have standing in front of a red toy looking another Schipperke in my life, he is now soulfully into the camera as if to say, my third. “Sure, I’m a senior, but I’m a terrific little boy!” I fired off an email to Canine Estates, the rescue My heart and thanks goes out to Animal Control organization who had him in Palm Garden, Fla., in South Florida for recognizing that Cracker and hoped for the best. would make someone a wonderful addition to

my new little ol’ man

Who knows how far Cracker Jack had roamed. If you’re unfamiliar with the Schipperke breed,

their family. Seniors are so worth the love, and second chances, and they didn’t give up on him.

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E Older dogs — and by older I mean 7 plus — are in need of loving homes and are passed over for the younger models, when really, an older dog is great for a baby boomer like myself. I’m 63, and the reality is, adopting a younger dog made no sense for me. It made perfect sense for this senior baby boomer to rescue a senior fur kid. I can’t walk a young dog several times a day or keep up with puppy energy. Cracker’s demeanor was terrific! He loved everyone (except the cat). He is just a love bug. Whatever his past, it did not deter him from showing love. I suggest introducing your senior rescue to your vet first thing. Cracker had lost all his teeth except six, so I wanted to have his gummies checked. That was his only issue, but the boy makes do! He loves to eat, and went from 14 pounds to 18 pounds, which says having a dog with few teeth is not a hindrance or a problem for anyone to worry about or not consider adopting. Adopting a senior rewards with devotion and love, however, it’s important to understand that we all have a past and seniors are going to have a bit more of a past. All dogs have a “voice.” Listen to your new fur kid’s voice, he will show you his needs. This can take patience, understanding, and great observance skills. The only advice I might say is, if you can, chose a breed you are familiar with. If you know the breed and their typical behavior, you’ll see that they are adjusting to their new life. I never scolded Cracker. Not knowing his history, scolding could reignite old memories if he came from abuse. I used redirection and positive re-enforcement. I learned “Cracker talk.” The first time he came to me and put his paws on my leg, I didn’t understand. Then he would give me a little “whine” and I realized he was telling

me he had to go out! Understand that you are two strangers getting to know each other. Allow for re-adjustment for your senior. They do learn quickly and begin to remember and settle in quicker because they have those memories to draw on. Don’t expect everything to go perfectly right away. One day I realized that it all clicked, and had fallen into place and life was normal again with a loving friend by my side that didn’t care what I looked like in the morning! Keep in mind little dogs live very long lives and, with the wonderful vets we have in Jacksonville, no one should have any reservation about adopting a senior dog. Schipperkes can live to be 20! If you are a young-at-heart senior like me, and want a new friend, consider inviting a senior fur kid into your home. Cracker Jack and I are like peas and carrots. He is in our routine; he is now 100 percent Schipperke stubborn, curious, a comedian at heart — and all he asks for is for me to love him! We all have love in our hearts; why not give that love to a senior! Cracker Jack is now a very spoiled boy, but I don’t know of any creature on earth that could give me more gratification to spoil than this senior dog. He deserves to be spoiled.

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Dreamscape Reunion anDrea Collins

One year before I began rescuing dogs,

I had a dream. Sadie ran toward me from a misty, white light. As if a gush of heaven’s breeze brought her from a cloud, I sensed the vibrant affection that I had been longing for since her death. Two years of aching, an unshakeable sorrow one feels after losing a loved one without making amends, and out of a speeding turn through a kaleidoscope of dreamscapes, here we were together again. Her presence brought a rush of pure love colliding into my bubbling exhilaration at the sight of her. Running and romping alongside her were four other dogs, a variety of breeds and sizes, yet I felt certain that they ran with Sadie because she was their obvious pack leader. As a red Doberman pinscher, she exuded authoritativeness, but this pack knew, like I did, that Sadie is a soft-hearted, cuddly lover with a genuine goodness that is to be respected — not the fighter humans have deemed Dobermans to be. It was a stunning experience to suddenly be with her again — a radical reunification, especially since I had told myself that I did not deserve it. Through meditation, I had begged for Sadie’s forgiveness: I’m so sorry, sweet friend. I kept you around far too long. You suffered unnecessarily because I was selfish, because I could not summon the courage to let you go, because without you, who am I? In her youth, Sadie had 18 | True love never dies

been the most vivacious, wily being in my life. On our hikes at Buck Creek State Park and Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Ohio, she glided like a nimble fawn. She despised the leash, so once we found an inconspicuous setting, I would let her off leash so she could circle around me as I walked the dirt path. For 30 seconds at a time, she seemed to disappear into the woods, then, as suddenly as she had in my dream, she would rejoin me, her nubby tail flipping back and forth, her wide smile matching a pair of joyous eyes. She never ventured too far from me, which made me feel cherished, respected, like I was special because she chose me to return to even though she could have run as far away as her excited heart would take her. I trusted her to come back like she trusted me to take her for a swim in the reservoir or the river at the end of each hike. As shocked as I felt to see her again in my dream, I did not hesitate to run toward her. While her pack wrestled, rested, and groomed themselves, Sadie and I embraced like we had when she was alive. I picked her up, all 73 pounds of her boney, top heavy body, and she placed her big front paws over my shoulders. In what seemed like absolutely no time at all, we had effortlessly exchanged a thousand happy words. Mystifyingly, during that embrace, she telepathically conveyed her wish for me: “You see I can run now. You see I can hop and spin, jump


and swim anytime I want now. It’s not your fault that I lost use of my hind legs during those last few months. You did the best you could do, and I cherished every moment we had together, even when I was sick and you had to pick me up to take me to bed with you. Under the covers, close to your warm chest, I wanted to stay. I wasn’t embarrassed that you had to carry me down the deck stairs and hold my hind legs up just so I could go potty. Even when you put me in the snow while you ran inside to answer the phone, I was not ashamed to lay there. I did not suffer like you think I did. I know you still feel guilty that I was out there for a couple minutes longer than you thought I should be, but I promise, I did not feel abandoned. I was not sad. You see, I always come back to you because you make me feel special, worthy, good, even when I could no longer walk myself outside to pee. You loved me even when I could not get myself to the food bowl. You fed me from your own hands. You brought the water to my lips. You carried me on that path. You had the courage to see me through

my debilitating illnesses and disabilities, and we crossed the threshold between here and there together, the way I wanted it to be. Mama, I know you would spend the rest of your life apologizing to me, which is why I am here now, saying don’t apologize for loving me.” As if suspended on a slow, floating merry-goround during our embrace, we seemed to move like ghosts together, our words and thoughts, feelings and dreams carried us to an area where multiple dogs were laying inside cages. They were dogs of all sizes and breeds. Each of them appeared frail, sickly, with matted fur, droopy, sad eyes, and visible rib cages. None of them moved when we approached. I sensed a powerful feeling of hopelessness. When I asked Sadie why they were there, she said, “They are all dying. They’ve all been neglected or abused, and they’re sick, so they need you.” I replied, “But I don’t know what to do.”

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E Jessie miller out of your pickup before, the most reliable dog afternoon, I can’t help but wonder what the two dogs in front of me are thinking. Are they hot, sitting has a trigger. Who knows what might entice in the back of an open bed pick up? With tongues your dog to take the leap one day. hanging out and some heavy panting, I can only 3. Are you a proactive driver? Watching for other imagine. And then I wonder, is this the norm? If you careless drivers or avoiding running a red light can own a pickup truck and a dog, do you automatically cause us to slam on our brakes. That sudden stop think your dog deserves to ride in the back of the will send your sweet canine kid for a jolt, slamming open bed? It seems to any ordinary person that into the back of the cab, or they could eject onto the this is quite convenient and logical right? I assume road. Worse yet, what if you get into an accident? the dogs jumped happily and willingly into the back More than likely your precious pup will be ejected. ready to “go for a ride.” Some people attempt to secure their dogs with a leash or tether. Securing your canine companion Yes, the dogs appear to enjoy it, but they cannot think for themselves. The dangers of allowing your with a tether is not the answer. Ropes and leashes have become hanging nooses and dogs have been four-legged companion to ride in the back while dragged still attached to the tether having been you whip around town are numerous. ejected or jumped without the driver’s awareness. 1. Think about the air currents in an open bed. The air swirls about causing loose objects to move You may never have experienced any of these situations, but there is a first for everything. all around. Injury from flying debris, insects, and dirt can harm their eyes, ears, nose, and other body The ONLY safe way to travel with your dog is parts. The same things that can hurt a person while to have them inside the cab of the truck. I know some people are extra cautious when driving, riding a motorcycle can harm your pup. People where protective gear; what does your dog wear? but you cannot predict the circumstances you will encounter or how other people drive on any 2. Dogs are curious creatures, and they are particular day. All it takes is one time, one moment, enticed and distracted by various things. Jumping one situation. Please ... for your best friend’s wellout of the bed to chase a squirrel, cat, another being and for the community in which you travel, dog, or — yikes — a person leave your dog at home or place is not uncommon. Often, them inside the cab of your this happens while the vehicle. You’ll set an example vehicle is moving and can that your dog is precious and cause serious injuries or valuable to you! death. Road rash, broken Jessie Miller is the director and bones, being hit by a car, founder of EPIC Animals Outreach. or becoming lost are all Contact Jessie@epicanimals.org or possible outcomes. Even if 904-274-1177 for more information. your dog has never jumped

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Programs

TAILS Program

Helps BOTH Shelter Dogs + Inmates Jen Deane | Seglinda Marlin Photography

When Pit Sisters met Chelsea at Animal Care and Protective Services, she was very scared and she would not allow anyone to leash her. She was very sensitive to any collar or leash pressure around her neck and if she felt uncomfortable, she would run away. Chelsea was not thriving in the shelter and needed somewhere to go that would work with her and help her become more adoptable. Enter TAILS (Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills). TAILS is a program that is currently run in four different correctional facilities. The program is designed to pair inmates with shelter dogs. The shelter dogs live in the correctional facilities for eight weeks, while the inmates train the dogs using curriculum designed by the Association of Professional

Dog Trainers (APDT). Chelsea was one of eight dogs selected to participate in the TAILS Program, and she was paired with an extremely patient trainer who taught her how to relax, how to walk on leash, and much more, but Chelsea also taught her trainer some things as well. “When we met Chelsea, we were skeptical that she would even be able to pass her test but we wanted to give her a chance, and knew the shelter was not the environment for her

TAILS is a perfect example of public/private partnerships saving lives. TAILS doesn’t just save the lives of the animals that need help finding homes. TAILS gives hope and a second chance to humans. The TAILS trainers learn that a bad start does not doom them. They can start again with a new outlook. and can escape their past choices. They also learn that we can all make a difference, no matter where we happen to be.” Jim Cosby, Division Chief of Animal Care and Protective Services 22 | Please recycle or share with someone else


to thrive,”, said Jen Deane, TAILS director. “Chelsea’s trainer was fantastic with her and because of him she succeeded.” Chelsea graduated with her bachelor’s degree with honors and was subsequently adopted. With Jacksonville’s goal of no kill, programs like this are essential. TAILS gives dogs who need time to decompress or need help learning basic skills the time and attention they need to be successful in a home.

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The inmates participating in the TAILS Program receive benefits from the program as well. TAILS teaches patience, empathy, teamwork and much more. Inmates speak at

each of the graduation ceremonies about what the program has meant to them, and the words life saving, life changing are regularly used by the inmates to describe the impact the program has had on them. The goal for TAILS for this year is to put 200 shelter dogs through the program, and so far they are on track for hitting this goal. More importantly, 99.9 percent of the dogs that have been taken into the program have not been returned back to the shelters. TAILS is run by the 501c3 nonprofit, Pit Sisters. For information on how you can help, please email sisters@pitsisters.org. Foster homes and sponsors are needed!

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Sound of Science A few months ago, I finally broke down and bought an iPhone. That’s right. I said a few months ago. The trusty ol’ flip phone I’ve had since 1914 was slowly fading away — buttons hanging by a thread, worn weary from the multiple tappings just to send a one-word text. Also, I just didn’t look cool anymore. Apparently I tend to resist new technology until I absolutely have no choice. If we went back 100 years, I’d be the only idiot in town looking for a place to park my horse. I still have vinyl records, video cassettes, and a BlockBuster card, just in case.

For all my stubbornness, I’ve developed a sort of invisible umbilical cord to my phone in a very short time. We have the same heartbeat. God forbid I misplace it, even for a few minutes. There is panic, mahem, and increased sweat production until I find it. I’ve lost track of my actual kids before and I wasn’t as upset. The power this little hunk of metal has over me is insane! I used to store at least several phone numbers in my brain — now I couldn’t call 911 without it. If I’m lost, I don’t rely on myself to figure it out. Why would I? Siri is brilliant! I just calmly speak as clearly as I can into her cute little screen, “Let’s go home, Siri, let’s go home.” I didn’t think I’d ever be able to love again. Boy, was I wrong. I hate that I’m so dependent on it for basic information, but love the fact I can rely on it for basic information. I always have my music. Updates about everything are just a click away, and love is just a right swipe away! You can make videos, take pictures, and it’s a photo album. Although sharing pictures can be tricky. “Here are some vacation pictures … here’s my dog … look at this cool lizard that was on my mailbox ... and here’s, uh, oops. I have no idea how that got in there. Sorry, mom.” 24 | No man was ever wise by chance. Seneca

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As great as new technology is, I miss the sounds of each function on the old stuff. Drop the needle on a record … 20 seconds of crackle and boom! Led Zeppelin fills the air. Put a movie in the VCR (let me explain to the youngsters reading this ... a VCR is the way we used to watch movies before streaming), push play … click, clack, and a clunk, and it’s showtime baby! When the movie was over, if you were kind, you would definitely rewind. One click, you would hear a dull hum that would build until it sounded like a small plane was going to burst through the ceiling. That’s why the last thing you did was hit eject. One of the things from technology’s past that I don’t miss, the old Beepers. I worked in sales years ago and half my day was spent responding to The Beeper, then trying to find a pay phone that actually worked, hoping I would catch my customer, but not some skin disease. Try explaining a phone booth to a 15-year-old, like when Grandpa told us stories about the outhouse, it was scary and gross. I am no longer dipping my toes in the pool of new technology. I am all in, man. But if for no other reason than to show my grandkids one day what silly primitive creatures we once were. I’ll keep my VCR, old CDs, and vinyl records. If I am lucky one day, I might have a horse. Danny Niblock is a comedian, TriviaGuy, craft beer drinker, and dog foster failure. You can catch his trivia show at Engine 15 Brewing Company, 7 p.m. Tuesdays or around town skateboarding with his dog, Koda.


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ForeVer loVeD

Rosco

Your wings were ready but my heart was not.... Until we meet again sweet boy. RIP Rosco 12/2000 - 5/2016

26 | Learn to hold loosely all that is not eternal. A. Maude Royden


Mrs. Woofington Twinkly blue eyes, loving, sassy attitude. Chest sleeper, motor purrer, and

thank you

for always making it to the litterbox. Gone too soon. Way. Way. Way. Too soon. a+L

Honor your loved one ... share a memory, a photo, or healing words in Unleash. Email woof@unleashjax.com for pricing

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PUP•PLAY What did the say to the

dog

tree? Bark.

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Circle em!

There are

10 LUCKY DOGS

throughout this issue! Can YOU find them ALL?

No Peeking, silly!

SAY WOOF!


A few great places to look for your new

Love of a Lifetime!

Ana’s Angels petfinder.com/shelters/ FL344.html Clay County H.S. clayhumane.org Coastal Golden Retriever Rescue coastalgrr.org

G.R.E.A.T. (Golden Retriever Rescue) greatrescue.org

Duchess’s Story

Jacksonville Animal Care & Protective Services (ACPS) coj.net Jacksonville Area Greyhound Society 904.923.6629 The Jacksonville H.S. jaxhumane.org

Fawn’s Small Dog K-9 Services German Rescue Shepherd Rescue FawnsSmallDogRescue.org k-9services.net First Coast No More The London Sanctuary Homeless Pets (Hounds + more!) fcnmhp.org thelondonsanctuary.org Friends of Collies and Shelties petfinder.com/shelters/ fl810.html

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The Old Dog House Senior Dog Rescue theolddoghouse.org Rescue Junkie rescuejunkie.org Swamp Haven Rescue swamphaven.org TARAA taraajax.com

Duchess came to St. Francis Animal Hospital to be treated for major wounds and life-threatening infection after she was attacked by a cat. In her short life, this 3-year-old Pitbull had already been through a lot because she was one of 367 dogs rescued in the second-largest dog-fighting bust in the U.S. Despite living her first year tied to a chain, this happy and sweet girl was given a second chance at a happy life when she was adopted by a loving family. Her new family loves her very much and were heartbroken because they couldn’t afford the entire cost of treatment for the life-threatening infection. Thanks to donors like you, Duchess was able to get the life-saving medical care she needed. Duchess has fully recovered and her family is so happy they will have many more years together!

St. Francis Animal Hospital Not-for-profit

Make a Helping Paws donation to St. Francis Animal Hospital and your name (or your pet’s name) will be displayed on a Helping Paws paw print card in St. Francis Animal Hospital! All Helping Paws donations are tax-deductible and will go into our donations fund to help family pets in need of medical care!

You can help save lives! Donate today at:

SaintFrancisAnimalHospital.org

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y Tomm Olivia Olivia is an 11-month-old female who we feel would do well in just about any home. Typical Boxer puppy energy and has a very loving, friendly temperament. She does great with other dogs has good household manners.

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Handsome Tommy-boy came in with a number of known commands — he can sit, lay, and stay! He is perfectly crate trained and doesn’t make one peep when he’s in it. He is 5 years old, 65 pounds, and calm indoors, but has enough energy for a long walk and/or some jogging. Tommy is ready to share his love and affection with his new family, so hurry to meet this handsome boy!

B.A.R.C. rescues boxers throughout the north Florida and south Georgia region and places them into permanent homes with adopters who will treat them as a member of the family.

k Fran

Strong and handsome, young enough for long walks and old enough to be calm indoors. Learns quickly and very attentive. Frank adores affection, yet is happy to lie quietly at your feet while you read. He is 7-8 years old, 66 pounds, housebroken, gets along with other dogs, and does well with children.

Learn more about these great boxers! Email: info@boxerarc.org Visit: www.boxerarc.org

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I’m Paloma! I spend a lot of time in my crate right now, but I would do GREAT with an active owner or family. Do you run or skateboard? Take me with you! I would be a fantastic agility competitor if given the chance. My foster mom can tell you more about how AWESOME I am!

Call or Text Anette 904-728-1271

Email Nicole for more information on Chi-Chi, Lady, or Romeo! nhertz@live.com

Chi-Chi is an ADORABLE white and fawn 5-year-old spayed Yorkie/Chihuahua mix. She’s only 5-6 pounds, but loves to be the center of attention! We’re the sweetest kitties needing homes! Lady (Grey Tabby) and Romeo (Peach/Tan Tabby), are both fixed, and 9 years old (birthday 8/23/2006). Indoor only. Lady weighs about 9-10 lbs, Romeo is about 12-13 lbs.

30 | You can find any breed through rescue! Try Petfinder.com


1 FREE CANINE MASSAGE

to any lucky dog adopted from pages 34-35!!! LOOK!

Present proof of adoption & coupon Rescue Junkie, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) animal welfare organization that rescues dogs and cats from high kill shelters in Florida. Check out their Facebook page or website for more awesome adoptables! rescuejunkie.org

Squishy is a 2-year-old Flat Coat Retriever mix and is 46 pounds. He’s calm and lovable. Great family dog!

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Call 904.298.5164

Mickey D. is a 28-pound Boston mix. He is very sweet and lovable. Calm yet playful. Loves other dogs! Great family dog!

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Daphne is a 2-year-old female mix/36 pounds. She loves to play! Smart and fun! Great for a family!

Learn more about these great family dogs ... Email today! summer@rescuejunkie.org We are dedicated to saving the lives of dogs in over crowded kill shelters. We rescue and improve the quality of life for stray, abused, and forgotten dogs in Florida. See all adoptables at: FawnsSmallDogRescue.org

I’m Sadie

I’m ..and Molly

Sadie and Molly are adorable bonded little Chihuahua Sisters and are looking for a loving home together! Sadie is 7 years old and Molly is 8. Both are friendly, loving, playful and love to cuddle. Up to date on shots and spayed.

I’m Gus!

Gus is a 8-9 year old, 13-pound Dachshund mix. He was very afraid at the shelter and is now waiting in his foster home for a wonderful family to call his own. Don’t let his age fool you. He’s a healthy boy and he has some pep in his step. Loves going on walks and just being near you. He is a wonderful companion dog who is very loyal and would lay right beside you all day if he could. Good with other dogs and older children. Gus is up to date on shots and neutered.

Meet these wonderful seniors ... Email today! fawnsfamilysmalldogrescue@gmail.com


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Dedicated to all the amazing older dogs in our lives

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