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Keeping a Senior Outside Dog Warm in Winter?

How can I keep my neighbor's dog warm this winter? They keep her outside year round and never pay attention to her. I go out several times a day and play and pet her and just sit with her. I also feed her and give her water; her owners do nothing for her. She's 15 years old, a German Shorthaired Pointer.

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By Jody

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September 29, 20130 found this helpful

This sounds like obvious neglect on the part of you neighbor, bordering on cruelty given the dog's age. Have you offered to take the dog yourself? You seem to be caring for it anyway. Maybe they would be willing. If not, then you need to report this to the local ASPCA or whatever your local animal cruelty organization is. This dog needs to be out of that situation, and your neighbor needs to be held responsible.

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October 1, 20130 found this helpful

Sorry Jody I flew off the handle thinking about this poor dog. Report them to animal welfare or sneak over there in the middle of the night and take the dog to an animal rescue shelter.

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Good luck.

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October 2, 20130 found this helpful

As the other posters have said, offer to take this dog into your home. If the current owners refuse your offer, report them to the local animal authorities, and also to a breed rescue group.

If the dog is confiscated by the local authorities make sure they know you want to adopt her otherwise they may decide to put her down owing to her age; if she is rescued by a breed rescue group (who will take mixed breed dogs by the way) let them know you want her otherwise they will find her a new furever home where she will be loved and properly cared for during whatever time she has left.

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Bless you for caring, please update us so we know what has happened to her!

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February 11, 20140 found this helpful

Get an infrared flood light bulb(100-300 watts depending on the distance of the bulb from the pet) and an out door clamp lamp and securely set it up and aim it at where she sleeps. Turn it on at night time and off in the morning. Plus infrared light has great therapeutic benefits for aging pets! (Google infrared light therapy for pets) also try outdoor electric or self heating blankets/beds or pet coats.

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February 11, 20140 found this helpful

Ps. You have a kind heart and it is wonderful of you to care so for a dog that's not yours. I as well find myself doing the same for pets that are neglected by my neighbors. Have you thought about adopting her yourself? If my other recommendations in the previous post are too costly (but the infrared light you can make for under $15) try googling something along the lines of "inexpensive or thrifty ways to keep an outdoor pet warm" good luck!

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