I elected not to go to a Super Bowl party this year. Maybe I'm just getting old, I just didn't feel like driving on a day when half the nation has been drinking beer and eating chicken wings for 5 hours straight. Besides, I have way too much work to do.
I am also fostering a very old Dalmatian named Ed, and I really don't like leaving him for longer than a couple of hours. I haven't talked about him too much on the blog, but then I haven't been talking about anything at any length on the blog. Anyway, Ed is 18 years old. That is not a typo. He came to stay with us last summer. His owners had lost their house and were moving to some place where Ed would not be allowed. Thankfully, his family called a rescue group rather than dumping him at a shelter (you'd be amazed, rather horrified, at how often that happens). They called Grand Paws Senior Sanctuary in Agua Dulce (in the Santa Clarita Valley). I had told them that I would help foster a dog during the very hot Santa Clarita summer. Originally I was going to keep Ed for two months, before I had to move to another part of town. Well, two months came and went, and Ed came with us when we moved. He's now been with us for 6 months.
This is my first time fostering a dog, and it has been one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. It helps that Ed is a very sweet dog and very affectionate. He pretty much lays on his bed except at meal times and when it's time to go for walks. He does have some issues with control over bodily functions (hence why I don't want to leave him alone for too long), but there's only been a few accidents. I think that's why so many people ending up dumping their dogs at the shelters because as they become more senior, one of their issues is incontinence. But for God sakes, people, there are these things called pee pads. It's real easy. You throw some down on the floor before you go to bed at night or before you leave the house.
I know some of you who read this are also fans of Ed's Facebook page ("Ed the Dapper Dalmatian"). For those of you who don't know about his page, feel free to join us in the fun. And if you want to help contribute to helping save senior dogs like Ed, go to Grand Paws Senior Sanctuary's website and there's a donate button. Grand Paws also has a Facebook page. If you want your donation to go towards Ed's care, simply put those instructions in the memo.
Now, we simply must get back to watching the Puppy Bowl. From what I've seen, it's a lot more exciting than the Super Bowl so far.