Misty, the 10-year-old Golden Retriever who inspired the Senior Dogs Project

The Senior Dogs Project
..........."Looking Out for Older Dogs" ...........

"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog."
Sydney Jeanne Seward


The Road Ahead......Hospice Care

"Hospice" or "palliative" care may be the best way for you personally to ease your mind and heart as you face the situation in which your dog has no hope of recovery. As with such care for humans, hospice care keeps a dog as comfortable as possible until he dies a natural death.

To help those who wish to provide hospice care instead of choosing euthanasia for their companion animals, the Nikki Hospice Foundation publishes the following mission statement on their website:

"The Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets, the first official, non-profit organization of its kind in the nation, has been founded in response to a need which is becoming ever more prominent in our society. Its express purpose is to encourage the provision of hospice care for dying pets, so that pet owners who do not wish to choose euthanasia when their animals are about to depart this life, or who wish to postpone it, can care for them in the home environment--under veterinary supervision and with adequate pain management and/or symptom control. Ultimately, for those who see a natural death as the best and most acceptable end for their pets, and who wish to strengthen the human-companion animal bond in their pets' hour of greatest need, hospice care is the answer."

Spirits in Transition is a website posted by a holistic veterinarian who writes, "I am a holistic veterinarian and was just told about your website. It is wonderful to see what an amazingly rich compilation of resources you are making available to those who are looking to caring for senior animals. Just as Misty was the one inspiring you to offer all this helpful information, it was my dog Momo who led me to understand that there can be more to caring for a dog at the very end of it's life, other than euthanasia. This led me to be dedicated to making information on animal hospice care available to those who wish to learn about it. Many people found the information on my website exceedingly helpful."

The website animalhospice.org offers support for people that are dealing with a dying pet or a pet for whom they have chosen to offer hospice.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, Anthony J. Smith, DVM, offers compassionate end of life care and support for your pets in your own home. See Dr. Smith's website. E-mail: rainbowbridgevet@sbcglobal.net Phone: 510.381.3389