The St. Louis Senior Dog Project is a not-for-profit dog rescue organization specializing in older dogs but taking in and finding homes for dogs of all ages and even a few cats. See our adoptable dogs at www.olderbetter.petfinder.org.
Once again this year we found a home for our Christmas Beagle. This year it's Flower, who is doing well in her new home. That's three years in a row we've placed a Christmas Beagle. Flower's the little beagle who came to us with a condition known as Cherry Eye. We did surgery on her eye, and she turned into a dog as pretty as her name.
Of course she's only one of about 400 dogs we've placed in new homes this year.
A few days ago I learned that Max, the chocolate lab, had found a home -- with the parents of one of his foster parents. Max had recently recovered from treatment for an advanced case of heartworm disease. He visited the parents for Christmas, and the parents fell in love.
That alone is good news. But when Max goes to his new home, his foster parents will take in Bella and Bubba as their new foster dogs. The pair of 7-year-old back labs were turned in to a shelter because their owner could no longer afford them.
This week I also took in Evie, a 7-year-od Brittany Spaniel mix, and, of course, Lucky, the lab mix selected by my granddaughters. We also now have Pearl, a poodle in need of knee surgery.
And Romeo, who was adopted out as a puppy, is now back with us as a two-year-old. It seems he and the other dog in the famiiy were not getting along. He's doing fine here and is on a diet to lose about 20 lbs...really.
Lucky is now with his new foster mom, Tracy. I met her with him today. Penny the rat terrier is now back with her foster mom, Judy, and I'm wondering if this almost perfect senior lady might find her new home soon. Penny spent her holiday with me while Judy had a houseful of company.
Today Michel, one of our volunteers, picked up two poodle and a beagle from the St. Louis City Pound, and we'll be going back for another dog there next week.
I hear good reports about the three dogs w rescued from lives at the end of chains. Pork Chop the dachshund is doing well in his new home. He's the boy who couldn't walk at all when first we took him in from a local shelter. Now he's slim happy and walking along quite well. And almost every day, I receive reports about other dogs we've placed in good homes.
Of course, we've had sad cases. When you deal with senior dogs and abandoned dogs, some of them don't make it. Clarabelle, a senior rat terrier, died a few days ago, probably as a result of a brain tumor. At least she spent a few good months with her foster mom, Patty. And there were others who never made it out of foster care. But we wipe our tears and move on.
We'll be conducting two adoption events this weekend -- 11 to 3 both Saturday and Sunday at the Kirkwood Petco, I-44 and Lindbergh. I know there are people coming to look at several of our dogs.
Thanks to all of you who have send us donations. We appreciate your trust and plan to continue doingn to best job we can in helping homeless and neglected dogs find new homes. We've been around since 2002.
And now we begin another year.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project