Welcome to the St. Louis Senior Dog Project blog. We’re an all-volunteer dog rescue organization with a senior dog specialty. We take homeless dogs of all ages into our homes, get them to the vet for their shots, neuter/spay, dental care and anything else they need. They we find them new homes. See our adoptable dogs on our petfinder site….and we’d sure appreciate some donations.
You might need a hanky for this one. Whitney is a smooth fox terrier adopted a year ago to a couple that soon grew to depend on her for comfort. She provided that and more. Her owner emailed recently to tell us how Whitney had helped her and her husband through his illness and death.
“We were In and out of hospitals…and through it all, Whit was such a trooper.” Whitney had also made friends with the home’s other senior dog, Lizzie, a Chesapeake mix.
“When my husband was transferred to the Veterans’ Hospital in January, they kindly allowed the girls to visit him. They were only supposed to visit for an hour. But they were so well-behaved, they were allowed as much time as possible. Whit is a very active little dog, but she was always on her best behavior and would lie quietly on his bed, licking his arm and face occasionally, giving encouragement and comfort to her ‘grandpy’.
”When Dennis died in March, she was there for me, and helped Lizzie and me through the first and hardest part of the grieving process. She sleeps in the bed with me, has taught herself tricks, and is a constant source of amusement. She has puppy play dates with the dog next door, loves bye-bye in the car, and, I hope, loves her life. She certainly deserves it!”
We also heard from Michelle, who adopted a Brussels Griffon rescued from the puppymill life.
“I’ve renamed her Bella although she is completely deaf in her right ear and hears very little out of her left ear. She is completely leash trained now and is just starting to play with toys and me. I think she is really enjoying her next life, and I can tell that simple thing such as petting, treats, etc. are thing that she was not previously accustomed to….She is a great joy with tons of personality that I discover a little more of each day.”
We also heard from Rerun’s “mom.” Rerun was a wild and crazy youngster came back to us twice from adopters who found him too hard to handle. Then he found Pam, who wrote, “Rerun is the first dog I have ever had; therefore, in this case I believe my ignorance was beneficial to everyone.”
She noted: “I the beginning he did make me cry as he was a master escape artist. However,he has since learned that life is pretty good with me/ He no longer tries to escape. And miracle of miracle, he has made friends with the cats.
Odie’s owner sent us a picture of Odie at the beach. And Trent’s owner wrote about life with a puppy (yes, we do have puppies at times.)
“I’d forgotten about puppies. I am learning all over again how much and how quickly that can get in trouble – also how delightful they are. For instance, Trent was just walking around for an hour with an empty plastic water bottle in his mouth. He looked like he was drinking it. Then he fetched it and rolled it aroud and around on the floor.” Now she’s just hoping the housebreaking part will get better. But says, “He is turning into a wonderful dog.”
And we’ve already heard from Mocha’s new owners. Mocha, a chocolate lab, was adopted earlier this week. For the first 5 or 6 years of her life, Mocha was a breeder. Her owner turned her into a shelter because she was getting to old for breeding. I can attest to this girl’s sweet nature. She soon found a new home where she stayed for a year, then came back when the family moved. But I think she’s hit the jackpot now. She’s now with a retired couple who love dogs and appreciate a little maturity.
“Thank you so much for bringing Mocha here to her new home. So far, she has further endeared herself to us. Buster ( the other dog) loves having a new pal.” Two of the cats have also met Mocha. “Her size amazes them, so they are being cautious. Our bravest one rubbed right against Mocha’s face this morning. Mocha took it in stride.”
St. Louis Senior Dog Project