Having spent the past weekend with my parent’s pack of senior chihuahuas, I have suddenly become very aware of the specific needs of aging dogs. Particularly after observing the smallest of their four chihuahuas, Tony Montana (who I now refer to as “Nearly-Toothless Tony), oh-so slowly chewing away at his dinner. The very next day I went down to the local Petsmart where I discovered Kong for Senior Dogs. Gentle yet durable, Senior Kong is perfect for aging dogs. Also available are Kong Stuff’n Senior Snacks to place inside your Kong and, if you happen to have a “Toothless Tony” of your own, Kong Stuff’n Senior Treat Paste.
Garry Gross is a New York-based dog photographer who formerly worked in the fashion and beauty beauty world. He has now focused on dog portraits and his Senior Dog Portrait collection is heartbreakingly beautiful. Some of the faces made me tear up – it’s amazing how expressive and telling your face becomes as you age and it seems to be the same for pets.
Modern dog owners Korry and Kelly tipped us off to the Slant Pet Stair from Urban Pet Haus. They said that these stairs are awesome for their small pet.
If you’ve got a tiny dog or a senior dog who has trouble getting up on the sofa or bed, stairs are a great option, but they’re out in the open and always there. Finding an attractive set can be pretty challenging. The Slant Stair is a modern solution that doesn’t come with that scary designer price tag. It is made out of wood veneer steps with a dark zebra wood engineered finish and metallic silver powder-coated steel tubing. Grip strips have been added for a non-slip surface.