Welcome to the St. Louis Senior Dog Project Blog. We’re a not-for-profit organization rescuing and finding new homes for dogs of all ages, but especially the older ones. See some of our adoptable dogs at Senior Dog Project Website.
Yes, Benny, my love. I love you too. I don’t care that you have a monkey face, a cataract over one eye, and badly neglected ears. I don’t mind squeezing two kinds of drops into your Yoda ears and stuffing other meds into your food rations. I don’t care that, as Affenpenshers go, you’re an embarrassment to the breed. So what if you’re too big. You’re still a small dog. And you’re loveable.
And I understand what you’re trying to tell me – that no one will love me as much as you do. I can see it in your eyes (or the good one anyway), in the desperate way you try to keep me in sight, in your frantic efforts to eliminate even a molecule of space between us. I take you to adoption events, and you spin around in your cage in a panic. I show you to potential adopters and you squirm away from them. Benny, my love, I care for you too, but you’ve got to stop doing this. You’ve got to find someone else.
I understand you haven’t had enough love in your life. You’ve spent most of your six or seven years in a puppy mill. Maybe I was the first human to treat you with affection. But Benny, my love, many others want to love you too. Give them a chance! I promise you this: A year from now, you’ll be so happy in your new home that you won’t remember me at all. And that’s the way it should be. Your new owner will send me emails and pictures. I’ll smile at the news and think of how far you’ve come from that pathetic love-sick little black dog I knew. You’ll be a prince! You’ll wonder what you ever did to deserve such good fortune.
But first we need to find you that good home, and you could make it easier if you’d agree to wag that nub of a tail a little more when people meet you.
Sometimes people ask, “How can you do this? How can you foster these dogs, and then let them go? I’d want to keep them all,” they say. And I answer that I hope when a foster dog settles into its forever home, it soon realizes that this new situation is something we humans would see as “a really big promotion.” Sometimes people do adopt their foster dogs – especially their first foster. But mainly we find new homes for our foster dogs and replace them with other homeless dogs.
I hope someone soon realizes that Benny will love his new owner just as desperately as he now loves me. He’ll just need a day or so to fall in love. It’ll happen. I know his type.
Benny’s not the only one who needs to fall for someone new. I now have Bowser, a miniature pincher who will probably always be a one-person dog. Right now I’m that person. But if there’s someone out there looking for a dog that will love only her, Bowser’s the one.
Of course, we have plenty of dogs that love indiscriminately. Harriett and Hubert are ready to love almost anyone. So, I think, is Zed, a Boston Terrier mix senior fellow who sports a tough-boy Harley Davidson collar. But he’s anything but a tough boy. He’s just another abandoned dog in search of a good home. Ika loves women more than she does men, but she’s willing to get the right guy a chance. Ginger, Amos and Pixie are little dogs eager to make friends with everyone.
And we’ve received news! Big Kahuna, a gold and while shih tzu who went missing more than two months ago, is back home. Someone found him running along a road and brought him into the humane society. Since he was microchipped, we soon returned him to his very happy owners. But Luka the Shiba Inu is still running loose in Bowling Green. We hear of sightings, but Luka approaches no one.
I received great news about Freddie, a Chihuahua once so scared of humans that it took us several days before we could even catch him. His new owners brag about his progress and say, “There is no way you will be getting Freddie back!”
Irene, a shy senior schnauzer, is also doing fine. I hear she is “adorable” and “living like a princess.” Ashley, now Annabelle, is now good friends with Maggy, her new owner’s blind Tibetan Spaniel. Ginger, a young former Pound dog, is “rambunctious and so sweet,” according to her new owner. Vevey, a chocolate lab who came out of the Pound very ill, is now Gussie and “doing great. She’s feeling more secure every day and I think she realizes that this is her home forever. We had our family over last weekend to meet her, and everyone was so impressed with how tolerant she was with the little children.”
Firecracker the shih tzu is “awesome.” His new name is Kingsley.“We couldn’t be happier. We think he is happy too,” says his new owner.
The man who adopted Spot, a senior rat terrier, emailed, “It has worked out beautifully. He has adapted so well, and we get along great.”
Clifford the yellow lab went to a family that had just lost their golden retriever to cancer.“Our prayers were answered in Clifford. He is my shadow, good with our other dogs, and a great dog for our 10-year-old son. I couldn’t have found a dog that I could love more.”
Leah, now Teenie, is into her second month in her new home. She “has proved to be the greatest of all holiday gifts to my little family.”
Puff, a senior shih tzu abandoned by his former owners, is now living the good life. “My husband and I are having a great time with this little guy. Puff is definitely a keeper!”
Kiwi the yorkie with one deformed leg emailed to let us know how well he is doing. He has plenty of toys and some fun playmates. Both he and his new owner are happy.
Flame is “a wonderful dog” in his new home. “He is no longer shy around us at all. He has found a loving home.”
Muffin and Brandi, two schnauzers adopted together, are also doing fine. The owner writes, “Brandi continues to be quite the love bug – following me everywhere and always wanting attention. Muffin is sllloowwwwly coming out of her shell.”
Jetta, now Ginger, is “the perfect dog and everyone loves her. She goes everywhere with us, and I think even my father-in-law is falling in love (and he is NOT a dog person….She always sits next to him on the couch, and he used to say ‘get down dog’ and now he just lets her stay there.”
Pay attention, Benny. Love’s coming your way too.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project
St. Louis Senior Dog Project