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It's sad, but happens frequently - people dump older dogs at shelters because they're not puppies anymore. Let's follow Japan's lead and mandate care for the lifetime of dogs.


At some point in our lifetime many of us will have cared for an aging pet that is no longer able to fetch a stick, bound up the stairs or simply climb up onto the sofa to snuggle beside us. This isn't a sad time; it's a thoughtful time that allows us to at long last give back to someone who has brought years of joy to our life.
When our Jake was winding down we ensured someone was always on hand to help him up the family room stairs and that every smooth surfaced floor in the house had "stepping stone" mats that he could use to cross the room without wiping out. These are the little things you do when you love an aging pet and apparently pet owners in Japan not only agree but have taken it to the next level.

Read the full article here at Petguide.com.
 

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Based purely on the title I came in this thread ready to delete spam. Then I saw it was from Yung, and has a great message!
 

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I'm very curious to see how this pans out for them. I like the idea but I imagine it will be hard to enforce. Granted their culture is quite different from ours.
 

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Interesting article Yung. I have never dumped a dog at a shelter and have spent a small fortune in their later years of life to help them survive and enjoy their golden years as much as possible but when I thought it was over the top when I read this:

"While they are quick to acknowledge your pup will be happiest in his own home, that isn't always possible and for a mere $1,000 per month, your little guy retires in style with access to a playground, swimming pool, on-call veterinarian, and grooming room."

Joe
 
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