Welcome to the St. Louis Senior Dog Project Blog. We’re an all-volunteer rescue group specializing in dogs over the age of 5 (although we also take puppies and young dogs). See our adoptable dogs on our Website. The cutie at the left is Kiwi (now known as Lefty), a yorkiepoo born with a deformed leg. He’s now one very lucky and happy dog in his new home….and he writes frequently. Please remember that groups such as ours depend on donations. You can donate through Paypal by clicking on the button below or write to the address on our website.
My last blog on “Blessings and Burdens” brought a flood of emails – primarily from people telling us how happy they are with their doggy “blessings,” who are still “burdens” some of the time.
For those who wonder about the two dogs abandoned because their owner said they were now “more burden than blessing,” I have good news. Molly, the 11-year-old cockapoo, found a home with a lady who read about her plight. Zoe, the 8-year-old pointer/lab is in a good foster home where she can stay as long as necessary. Her foster mom read about her and came to last week’s adoption event. We were very proud of Zoe’s good behavior at the adoption event and expect she’ll soon find her forever home. At least she’s no longer stuck in a cage at the vets.
And here’s a little surprise. I wrote about the 9-year-old Australian Shepherd we were taking in. He’s so beautiful and just plain wonderful that I might keep him myself. I plan to take him through agility training. Then maybe the two of us can enter some senior competitions.
I heard from the people who adopted two coonhounds from us (at different times). These dogs are “the funniest and goofiest dogs we’ve ever owned.” One especially “can by trying sometimes” but all is forgiven because “she’s such a doll.”
The lady who adopted a 10-year-old rough collie, Riley, wrote to say he should receive a trophy for “Best in Snow. He thinks every snow drift and flurry is his personal property.” And although keeping a large, fluffy collie in good shape can be a burden at times, Riley’s owner say, “Thanks for letting Riley take a chance with one. Even with his slobbering tongue (I think it’s a colander when it comes to holding water), he’s one of my best pals. The dryer can take care of my soaked shirts.”
We had another Zoe is our program a couple years ago….a large, blue merle Aussie/Husky mix. Zoe came with a few issues and a reputation as an escape artist. Today, her owner says, she is “a wonderful, sweet, smart, gorgeous dog. She has been a blessing to us.”
Fridley (now Cooper) was the only boy in a litter of puppies born to a Pound dog we never knew was pregnant until she delivered her first pup. Now mom and all pups are in good homes. His owners say they can’t imagine life without him.
The people who adopted Rusty (now Max), a young cocker spaniel, wrote to say that shortly after adopting him they found out he had some hip problems. With medication, however, he returned to his “playful, stubborn self.” He is both burden and blessing now, but the burdens never outweigh the blessings, they say.
Louie, formerly Lambchop, is the love of his new owner’s life. “He has changed my life is so many wonderful ways. “ And in what has become an all too happy refrain, she adds, “I can’t imagine life without him.”
I also received a touching note from the young woman who adopted Paco, a little old black Pomeranian with a bad heart. She knew she wouldn’t have him for a long time but was willing to accept that. Paco died three months ago. His owner wrote to say Paco was “the sweetest little man that I ever could have found, and I will always treasure all the moments I had with him. He has made such an impact on my life that I will gladly adopt another dog someday.” In the picture she sent, Paco is wearing a purple hat and coat.
Freckles, a 3 or 4 year old Australian Shepherd, is now in a new home where she reveals her gentle nature around the family’s disabled son. The family sent their new official portrait, with Freckles now an important part of that picture.
Finally, I heard from the young man who adopted Zelli and Red, two formerly abused and neglected dogs. If ever two dogs could be described as burdens, it’s these two, and the owner admits, “I inherited my share of burdens since adopting Zelli and Red. (Both were subjects of previous blogs). Then he talked about how it makes him feel when he comes home to two happy, excited dogs at the end of a long work day. “I just think about all the things I like about them whenever I have the question of “burdens or blessings.”
Here are a few dogs that need new homes: Lady and Maggie are 9-year-old litter mates whose owner died recently. They are fluffy spaniel mixes who need a new home. Although they are still nimble and playful, they are afraid of going down steps….so they’d like easy access to the yard.
Benny (as in “Benny My Love” of a few blogs back) really needs help. He becomes hysterical to the point of growling and snapping every time we place him in a new home. Once back with us, he’s the same sweet, loving, can’t-get-enough-of-you guy. Anyone out there willing to put up with a few crazy days before they meet the “real” Benny?
And thanks to all who recently adopted dogs. Keep us posted. Everyone. Keep us posted.