Welcome to the St. Louis Senior Dog Project blog. We're a not-for-profit dog rescue organization. We specialize in older dogs but take in and find homes for dogs of all ages. See some of our adoptable dogs at www.olderbetter.petfinder.org.
Here's two more stories about some lucky dogs whose owners thing they are the lucky ones. Mollie was a typical puppymill rescue. Shelby ended up in a shelter after her former owners gave her away to someone who came to their house to buy a purse that had been advertised on Craig's List.
Since adoption have been a little slow lately, I need these "good news" stories to keep me going.
Liz sent her story about Mollie (maltese in picture)to Petfinder, and now we can share it.
She writes, "I found myself attracted to a picture posted on the Senior Dog Project listing. It was a very frightened looking little girl named Mollie, a former puppy mill momma. When I went to meet her I could see that she was very frightened and not used to being held. The frightened look in her eyes just made me melt.
"I was told that she had lived her whole life in a cage and was used only for breeding. She had no teeth. They had all been removed because they were rotten. When I took her home and introduced her to the rest of the family, she was somewhat nervous. She could not comprehend that she could walk straight. She was so used to being in a cramped cage that she ran in circles.
"After a few weeks she decided that one of the other dogs in the family Jean Paul (also a Maltese) was her best friend. She loves to follow him around and snuggle in the bed with him. Of course both Mollie and Jean Paul sleep with us at night. I just love to see the look of awe on her face when she runs through the yard and rolls in the grass...something that she had never experienced before.
"I have not been able to get her potty trained, but that really does not bother me. She has a supply of pretty little panties that she wears. This little girl has made such an impact on both my husband and me. I have never had a pet before that gave me so much pleasure. I love all of my pets, but my little "Booger"
is just so precious... I just love letting her experience all of the good things in life that she had been deprived of."
We aso received this note from May about Shelby the Shetland Sheepdog. Shelby came to us because the young woman who took her home (along with the purse she'd purchases) and contacted one of our volunteers. Her pretty picture helped find her a new home.
"I just wanted you to know what a little joy Shelby has been to my mother. They have bonded and you would not believe the changes in my mom. Before Shelby came to live with her, she rarely got off the couch and didn't get dressed a lot of days. She was very depressed since my dad's death in October. Now she is up and dressed every day and spends time outside in the fresh air with Shelby. I know we'll never know Shelby's full story, but whoever had her certainy trained her well. I swear she can TALK! As my sister says, she is a great communicator. I'm so very glad we had the opportunity to adopt her as she has brought new life into my mom, and the whole famly loves her."
Thanks for the news! I don't think anyone will be throwing out this dog again.
Here's hoping next week will be an awesome adoption week.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project