The St. Louis Senior Dog Project is a not-for-profit (501c3) organization that rescues homeless dogs and finds them new homes. We don’t have a shelter. All our dogs live in foster homes until they find their forever homes. We place dogs of all ages but we specialize in those aged 5 and older. The young ones help us pay the bills for the older ones. See some of our adoptable dogs on our website. And yes, we always need donations.
Today, I have only good news for you. Last week I decided to adopt a new dog for myself. I’d thought of this on and off since losing Ringo, my beloved Australian Shepherd.
So what does a rescue person do about finding a new dog? I went to another rescue shelter. In this case, I decided to visit a nearby no-kill facility. I was looking for an older dog that might be at risk of spending the rest of his days in the shelter. I found just the perfect dog.
While other dogs barked and threw themselves against their cage doors, Smokey lifted his big black Lab head and looked at me with a serene dignity. I read a sign on his cage that said his former owners had returned him after six years because they could no longer afford him. What I didn’t know then was that he’d already been the subject of a newsletter article. He was the perfect example of a dog that might never find a new home. He was a big, black dog, for one thing. Big, black dogs are always the last ones picked. Also he was now 7 years old. Make that big, black and old. AND he was on a special diet for allergies and on Phenobarbital to prevent seizures. Big, black, old and special needs. Smokey had already been there for more than six months.
But ---“You won’t find a nicer guy around this place,” his sign read. And after a few days at home with Smokey, I agree wholeheartedly. He might even be the nicest guy in the entire state.
And he is a swimming fool. I didn’t know this when I brought him home…but he quickly showed me that he knew all about swimming pools. He leaped in. He climbed out. He shook off and flew back in. He swam. He butted me around the pool. He swam circles around me. I laughed so hard I thought he might need to help me out of the pool. We're working on a synchronized swimming routine I call "wheel." Figure it out yourself.
So we’re doing great.
And I’ve heard from the people who adopted shy Henrietta ( the schnauzer) and even shyer Irene (the schnauzer/yorkie). All going well. Of Henrietta, the new owner said, “She loves to look out the front window and watch the goings on of the neighborhood.” Irene’s owners are so pleased with their 10- year- old new pet that they now think “seniors are the way to go.”
And here’s what we heard from the people who adopted Good Girl, about two years ago:
“She was uncertain of my husband and I at first, very shy, and it took her several weeks before she would play with any of her toys. But she loved getting belly rubs and going on walks in Forest Park, and she started to bond with us after only a few days. Now we can’t imagine our life without her….She really completes our family.”
St. Louis Senior Dog Project