< Aging Pet Book Shop

They eyes and body may change, but a pet’s soul never does.

When we understand what our aging pet is going through, it is much easier to give them the best quality of life. Our Aging Pet Shop is filled with products, solutions and inspiration for helping you care for your best friend. We love amazing organizations that provide the right information, tools and resources for pet lovers and one of our favorites is Peace of Mind Dog Rescue. We hope we can provide you with just what you need.



Both Adults and Children can use a helping hand in walking through the journey of losing a pet.

It’s Never Long Enough Book by Mary Gardner – Published Jan 2022
  • insight into geriatric dog issues
  • health warning signs 
  • simple home hacks
  • ways to soothe aging dog ailments
  • best medical care for aging dogs
  • questions to ask your vet
  • tracking patterns that certain illnesses follow
  • assessing life quality 
  • managing caregiver fatigue 
  • aftercare 
  • experiencing and coping with loss of a pet
  • how to honor your dog’s life
Geriatric Dog Health & Care Journal by Mary Gardner – Published Jan 2022
  • List of dog’s care team
  • Health journal
  • Track meals and treats
  • Cognitive health assessment
  • Symptom record
  • Veterinary visits and procedures
  • Diagnostic & test results
  • Tracking treatments
  • Counting breaths
  • Goals of care
  • Joyful living list
  • Assessing your dog’s life quality
  • Caring for caregivers – their QOL
  • Dog days calendar
Forever Friend Children’s Guide For Saying Goodbye by Mary Gardner
  • Exploring ways to say goodbye
  • Write a story about my dog
  • Create a video about my dog
  • Emotional word find
  • Crossword puzzle
  • Maze of feelings
  • Craft projects with dog collar
  • Shadow box creation
  • Paper bag scrapbook
  • Seed paper creation
  • Favorite things about my pet
  • Pet & me bucket list
  • Tribute to my dog table
  • Shoebox memory box
  • Memorial light

A pet loving veterinarian that believes there is nothing better than a dog with a grey muzzle or skinny old cat! Her professional goal is to increase awareness and medical care for their geriatric veterinary patients. Her goals is to help make the final life stage as peaceful as possible, surrounded with dignity and support for all involved.

Dr. Gardner graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, after a leaving a job in product development. Part of the Lap of Love team, has been a part of helping thousands of families with hospice and end of life care, she learned that caregivers really struggle caring for their aging pets.

Dr. Gardner released the book It’s Never Long Enough and the Geriatric Dog Health & Car Journal in January of 2022. She also won VMX Small Animal Speaker of the year in 2020!

“No Dog Should Die Alone” was the attention-grabbing — and heart-stirring — headline of journalist Laura T. Coffey’s TODAY show website story about photographer Lori Fusaro’s work with senior shelter pets. While generally calm, easy, and already house-trained, these animals often represent the highest-risk population at shelters. With gorgeous, joyful photographs and sweet, funny, true tales of “old dogs learning new tricks,” Coffey and Fusaro show that adopting a senior can be even more rewarding than choosing a younger dog. They may be slower moving and a tad less exuberant than puppies, but these pooches prove that adopting a senior brings immeasurable joy, earnest devotion, and unconditional love.

As your dog, cat or house of pets begins to age, it may be time to make some changes to make life with pets and people calm and compassionate. Simple changes can dramatically make life easier for your pets and give you peace of mind.

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