Welcome to the St. Louis Senior Dog Project Blog. We’re a not-for-profit dog rescue organization specializing in older dogs, but taking in dogs of all ages, including puppies. Our 2009 Calendar is now available for $10. Come by one of our weekly adoption events at the Kirkwood Petco Store and purchase as many as you need. Great stocking stuffers!
Saturday we found a home for a 14-year-old 3-legged dog. Tripod had spent 13 years in a research facility as a “flavor tester.” She’d been there longer than all of the current employees. No one even remembered how she’d lost her leg. Now, finally, she has a real home. Talk about a happy ending. Talk about someone doing something wonderful for an older dog.
Saturday we also adopted out Shiloh, a 10-year-old dog who’d lost his former owner to a nursing home. Another person just wanted to give a good home to an older dog.
If all’s right with the universe, these people will earn some extra points for a pleasant afterlife. That would be my wish.
I’m now hoping that these two examples will inspire some of the rest of you to take home a senior dog. Why? Because it just isn’t fair to overlook a dog because you won’t have as many years with it. The time you will have with your senior dog might be better than the 15 or more years you might spend with a puppy.
So please consider Diana (pictured),Rusty, Sassy,and Sooner – to name four more “flavor testers.” They range in age from 9 to 14 years and are all nice dogs. They come with a year’s supply of heartworm preventative and we’re asking only for a minimum donation of $50 and a promise that you’ll spoil them and love them every day from now on.
And don’t overlook Penny Perfect, an 8 or 9 year old beagle/rat terrier who lost her former owner to a nursing home. Then there’s Max, a grey poodle we found at a local shelter after his owner died.
Dixie,the senior German Shorthaired Pointer, will need a new home as soon as she gains some weight and regains her health. She was half-starved when we took her in.
Penny is a senior Pomeranian who just wants a home to call her own.
And then there’s Tippy, a 12-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever. Tippy was a happy well-cared-for dog for most of her life. Then her owner died and Tippy found herself turned in to a shelter. Tippy was growiing progressively more depressed there, but as soon as we took her out, her tail found its wag. She went home with a new foster. The foster announced today that she just can’t live without Tippy. I lose a foster, but Tippy finds a home.
Sometimes it happens that way. It’s Love. It could happen to you.
Check out some of these dogs at www.olderbetter.petfinder.org.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project