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Leisl is a golden girl with a smiling face. When I first met her, she and her puppies were residents of one of our local Pounds.
Bixby, a former stray, is a scamp, a shiny black Chihuahua mix whose idea of a good day is top speed races with his best pal Jack, who was also adopted from us. See picture below.
Buffy is a senior gal whose former owner decided to leave her behind when he moved into a new home. Picture on pillow below.
Winston and Ice Man are both puppy mill rescues learning how to be pets.
Ferris and Sloan are former strays who found a good home together only to sustain serious injuries when they briefly escaped from their yard and encountered a train. Also pictured below.
Frankie is a toothless long-haired dachshund who found himself lost and bewildered in a shelter cage.
These are among the Senior Dog Project dogs I’ve received emails about this week. All escaped euthanasia as unwanted pets. All are doing well in their adoptive homes. And all have brought their own set of challenges to their new owners. I sometimes think we should spend more time telling people about the problems of dog ownership…..the expenses and even the heartbreaks.
So I’m always happy when people tell me how they’re dealing with the problems….and how much they love their less-than-perfect pets.
Take Liesl, the smiling golden girl, shown above. She came back from one adoption for being too active. Her current owner, who takes Liesl on daily walks and frequent visits to a dog park, says, “She’s absolutely amazing! So beautiful and such a personality!” After describing how Liesl “loves meeting all the kids and dogs in the neighborhood and how everyone seems to love meeting her,” she adds, “We’ve been working on some of her training. She’s very good at ‘sit’, ‘come’, and ‘stay’ now, though she still chooses to ignore the commands when she’s overly excited.” And finally, “I can only hope I’m making her as happy as she’s made me.”
Bixby always made me laugh. But I remember with a shudder the day he wiggled out from under my fence and leaped gleefully after a horse’s twitching tail as I slipped through mud and other dark substances to snatch him to safety. Bixby’s new owner says he is “quite happy, loves everyone, and has learned so much. Jack and Bixby are inseparable." Jack, by the way, was a dog we thought might not be good with other dogs. The picture shows Bixby and Jack racing side by side.
As for Buffy, she may be senior…but she’s a mighty senior. Her owners have had to rebuild the fence around their back yard. “It had holes we never knew we had, and we found out she is very athletic and easily cleared the top of the chain link fence. We now have a much taller, 6-foot fence.” Buffy’s biggest problem is that she doesn’t like other animals. “She has offered to fight other dogs, cats, snakes, deer, buffalo, cows, and horses. “ Most important, though, is the message, “Buffy has become a member of our family.” She’s pictured on the pillow she claimed as her own.
Puppy mill rescues offer their own set of problems. Many are frightened and shy, unused to leashes, and usually not housebroken. Winston, now AJ, is doing well and is finally learning to handle stairs. “The training has been tough, but we kind of expected it.” Ice Man is a little Maltese now named Sam. His owner reported that, “This past week, for the first time, he has walked up to me, my son and daughter (at different times) to be picked up and loved. Boy, did he get lots of loving when that happened.” Sam’s new owner adds, “I don’t know how long dogs remember, but I hope that one day all he remembers is us.”
The owners of Ferris and Sloan wrote to say, “It’s almost a year since Ferris and Sloan were hit by the train. We are so delighted that they got a New Leash on Life!” Their owners took out a couple loans to provide that new “leash.” Sloan had a broken back and tail bone. Ferris is now three-legged. But look at the picture! They are fine, thank you.
Finally, Frankie, the mini long-haired dachshund. He actually might be perfect, except for being dentally challenged. His owner writes, “He has been the most precious mini long-haired dachshund. He has made two trips to the East Coast Outer Banks, one by car and another by airplane. (He was able to join us in the cabin for the entire trip.) Everyone was amazed at how well-behaved he was.”
My only complaint is that I wish I could have been on that plane.
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