Welcome to the St. Louis Senior Dog Project Blog. Check out our adoptable dogs at www.olderbetter.petfinder.org. And read on about our seeming impossible dream for several dogs. Maybe someone can help.
This might be impossible.
I’m trying to figure out some way to help some very senior dogs who’ve spent most of their lives in a research facility.
Not that kind…not the really bad kind. No, these dogs have been testing flavors used to make dog food more palatable to their canine brothers and sisters. Trouble is, they don’t have much experience being just plain pets. They’ve been living in a kennel and don’t even know much about getting along with other dogs.
And now they’re about to lose their home. Another company has bought out their company and is about to close their kennel. The new company doesn’t need these old dogs but does want to find them all homes.
And that’s where we come in. Can we help?
Not easily. Most of these dogs are over age 10 and most are nervous around other dogs ( not aggressive, really, but nervous about other dogs that get in their faces). Why does the word “impossible” keep surfacing.
Rusty is 14 years old..a small to medium sized mixed breed – a handsome reddish-gold. He loves it when the girls who take care of him stop by for a visit. He wishes they could stay longer. He doesn’t particularly care for some of the other dogs he’s met here but thinks he could like another dog if he was somewhere quiet and safe. A calm happy home might make everything okay.
Athena is 10 years old and 72 pounds – a big girl, a black lab mix. She lives with another dog now or rather lets him live with her. She walks well on a leash and is pretty calm ad well behaved. She thinks she’d be fine around older kids.
Robyn is 14 years old, a beagle/shepherd mix, maybe. She loves her humans. She also doesn’t seem to know she’s an old lady. She loves to play and explore. She’s very affectionate and would love to have a family of her own. She’s quiet and friendly to everyone but doesn’t like other dogs coming into her space, but if they don’t bother her, she doesn’t bother them. She would probably do well with children.
Sooner is about 10 years old. He’s a medium-sized collie mix who is friendly with people and okay with other dogs. He even initiates play with other dogs. Sooner has a thyroid problem but will come with a year’s supply of his medication.
Then there’s Lady. She’s a senior beagle mix. She has a little trouble keeping her weight down, so she appreciates her daily exercise. Lady’s friendly with people but nervous around young active dogs. She’s okay around older, calmer dogs.
And there are others.
Is anyone ready to dream the impossible dream?