The Dogs' Den
127 San-Jo Drive
Grantville, PA 17028
(717) 469-7325
Dogs: 6

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What do we do when our loving pets face the last leg of the race? We do all we can to help them finish well, of course. We take time to read the unspoken needs of the friends we've come to know so well. We give the simple reassurance of a loving touch when the old boy seems confused for no reason. We groom them faithfully, but more gently, as age brings muscle wasting, and the arthritic bones aren't so well padded. We learn to slow down for their sake, as they enjoy the scent of the wind, or track a visitors trail across their yard. We expect to be inconvenienced, and aren't angry when it happens. We watch for pain and treat it, watch for changes in vision and hearing and do what we can to help preserve those precious senses for as long as possible. We take care of their teeth, and make sure their food is a manageable texture for them. We remind them of the need for a potty walk when they seem to forget. We remember the little rewards. We scratch the graying ears and tummy, and go for car rides together. When the pet we love has an unexplained need for comfort, we give it freely. When infirmities bring a sense of vulnerability, we become our old guardian's protector. We watch their deepest slumbers, when dreams take them running across long-forgotten fields, and we remember those fields too. When they cannot stand alone, we lift them. When their steps are uncertain, we steady them. And if their health fails, it falls to us to make the choice that will gently put them to rest. But until that is absolutely necessary, we pause to let the autumn sun warm our old friend's bones. And we realize, autumn is not a bad time of year at all. Old age is not a disease or a reason to give up. It is a stage of life that brings its own changes. Autumn can be a beautiful time of harvest. And, sometimes, the harvest is love.

author-- Christy Caballero

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Monte was originally found as a stray and got a new family through us. He hit the jackpot with Mary Jo and Tim they loved this little guy he was such a little peanut at only 7lbs and was known to us as Slim Jim. He will so so missed by all of us. I am sorry for your loss Mary Jo and Tim.

Asta had a hard start in life, first being tied outside all the time, then finding a home only to have her returned by no fault of her own. She found her forever home with an wonderful pet parent that she became a QUEEN. She showed how appreciative she was.....she loved her mom and touched so many people. She will be so missed by so many....... be at peace girlie!!

Lucy was a very special Dogs Den dog and she crossed the bridge and was so loved by her mom and dad.

Abbey was adopted back in 2008 and went to the bridge in her loving dads arms she will be so missed.

Angel was adopted as a puppy and was the best companion that Kelly could have ever asked for. She was a very special girl and was a happy girl and made her dad happy as well.

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