"My name is Phílíp (pronounced: Fee-Leap) and I am a mini-dachshund who lived 18 years with a family of humans in the state of New York and the state of Connecticut.
Two years ago from writing this, my main human started splitting her time between taking care of me and studying for her master's degree through Quinnipiac University.
One of Human's professors suggested she sign up for different social media platforms because she would be studying experiences on them in class. So, Human thought it would be funny to create an Instagram account for me with the handle @grandpa.dachshund.
Humans have always fussed over me, calling me smart, dashing, and having a great sense of style. It was easy posing for Instagram photos, but what we really wanted was to share our experience in the senior dog world.
"[W]hat we really wanted was to share our experience in the senior dog world."
Unbeknownst to us, there was a whole world of dogs, cats, and other furiends on Instagram with their own accounts! Many of them were soon leaving comments and sending direct messages, asking for our advice for their dog who had started getting old or their already senior dog.
Human excitedly shared with me what others posted, and we would reminisce about when I was a pup. I had just turned 16-years-old and apparently that's a big deal. A lot of my followers were very interested in what my secrets were.
"What do you eat? How often do you go to the vet? Do you prefer blondes or brunettes?"
So we posted my secrets and more people followed, and we followed others, and soon it was hard to keep up with everything!
We knew one day we would need a website.
For Human's final project in the graduate program, she was tasked with applying everything she learned to something she is passionate about.
This was a great opportunity to gather up my secrets.
So we interviewed and surveyed other dog owners. And we worked and worked and worked and finally, we finished this website just in time for my 18th birthday!
Everyone's experience taking care of a dog will be different; what may work for one dog may not work for another. What's important is that you do your best in figuring out what does work, because all that truly matters is that your dog is happy and healthy.
We hope you'll find this website informative, and if you're looking to add a four-legged family member to your home, there are many reasons why you should consider adopting a senior.
A senior dog really will change your life."
- Grandpa Dachshund
August 15, 1999 - December 15, 2017