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I first heard about the Dog Aging Project from a dear friend a few months ago. She and I were talking about Harley, and it just sort of popped up #youknowhowthatgoes

Even though I’d never heard of it before, the trusted source I was listening to made it easy to sit and listen to more –

The Dog Aging Project is an innovative initiative that brings together a community of dogs, owners, veterinarians, researchers, and volunteers to carry out the most ambitious canine health study in the world.

Dog Aging Project


for all dogs… and their humans, is a goal I can get behind…

The staff involved in this study want to understand how genes, lifestyle, and environment influence aging. They interested in what factors are associated with better health and longer lives…


to advancing our understanding of aging to accelerating medical breakthroughs for dogs and humans.

These words resonated so much with me as I watched Harley’s health decline.

As Jeanne and I continued to talk she encouraged me to visit their site to learn more. I did just that and afterwards felt so inclined to nominate Jaxson (currently they are only accepting one dog per household) since he was so much younger, I thought they would have more years to follow him. They DO also accept senior and geriatric dogs #makingsureIsharedthattidbitofinfo

Completing all the nomination requirements took a couple of hours. Filling out ALL the information is time consuming #notgonnalie HOWEVER – you can stop, save, leave, and return days later to pickup where you left off. I opted for that plan and was finished in three attempts – which took two days. #notpainfulatall

At some point you will be asked to give your vet permission to upload all of your pups medical information and surprisingly when I contacted Doodle Doc’s office, they were quite familiar with the DAP (Dog Aging Project).


in the DAP Pack – we’re official…

There are different levels of assignments you can agree to participate in. Right now I have completed the minimum #pleasedontjudgeme In time I can see myself easily signing up for more tasks like –

  • DNA swabbing
  • in home cognition testing

Their website is fascinating, there are oodles of research literature providing valuable information. I hope this post encourages you to look into this, it’s FREE and yet what this team of expert researchers who are global leaders in their fields are attempting to do in nothing short of miraculous work. The more dogs they can study the greater the possibilities of unlocking the secrets of aging and accelerating medical breakthroughs for our four pawed family members.


were honored to have Dr. Kate Creevy (CVO) and Harmony Diers (RVT) on our podcast a few weeks ago. Kimberly and I could have talked to these incredibly gifted women for hours. We tried to ask all the questions we could possibly think of – for us as well as for YOU!

Let’s save the puppies…

Give us a listen and share this episode with your pet parent friends…

  • The Z Kids' Mama
    August 22, 2023

    I had Ducky enrolled for a little over a year when she got her angel wings that awful night. Once Sam was in the hospital – and I actually had time to breathe – I filled out the information they requested as to why she was no longer participating.

    I also informed the folks at DAP that I was now mom to a (then-) four-month-old Golden Retriever puppy whom I would like to “nominate” for participation in the program. I was a bit surprised when they politely turned me down, saying they had no room/need/whatever in the program for puppies of any age/breed/sex. I’ve asked again twice since then only to get turned down again. So, I sadly have given up.

    I believe in the ideas behind the project; BUT I think they’re being more than just a bit “nearsighted” in their constant rejection of Zen. Let’s face it: what better way to find out how all those variables affect a dog as s/he ages than to start “following” her/him from puppyhood? Apparently, the folks at DAP disagree with me, so it is what it is. I wish them luck; but quite honestly, from here on in, I will take all their published findings with much more than one grain of salt.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 26, 2023

      Wow! this was terribly disappointed to read. I would think that they need younger dogs – hummmmm I have no words my friend – I would love to share your comment with Dr. Creevy – but only if you tell me you’re okay with me doing so. I certainly would like to know the reason. Email me my friend – [email protected]

  • Cheryl
    August 22, 2023

    In England there is a project teaching older dog owners how to count and keep track of their dog’s breathing. @seniordogdoc on Instagram. It’s to help catch any issues early.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 26, 2023

      I recently heard about this technique used on dogs with heart problems, so I will have to check this instagram page out – thanks for sharing 🙂

  • All Things Collie
    August 23, 2023

    With the three seniors myself, I think this sounds very interesting, I will have to check them out.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 26, 2023

      Please do, if you get a chance – listen to the podcast, they cover a great deal and share fascinating information about why they’ve chosen to collaborate on this project.

  • Tails Around the Ranch
    August 23, 2023

    Angel Norman was Member 20914 (and Angel Sam before him). Congrats on joining a great group dedicated to helping pet owners through their input for how to extend the lives of our beloved pets through the collection of data as they age. I know you will be a terrific addition to the data collection process. There are such great metrics and informative posts that will guide you along the way.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 26, 2023

      I am truly excited about all that they do. I love hearing from so many pet parents who have already registered their pups!