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. See our adoptable dogs here. We'll be at the KIrkwood Petco at I-44 and Lindbergh,from 11 to 3, Saturday and Sunday, November 6 and 7. Come and meet your new best friend. Check individual listings to see who will be there.
OUR 2011 Calendar is now available. You can purchase it online at www.yearbox.com/seniordog or at one of our adoption events. Volunteers will also be selling calendars.
We measure success in a lot of different ways. The little guy above was the oldest dog at the dog auction I attended in Mexico, MO, where one of the state's largest commercial breeders was putting about 800 dogs up for bidding prior to going out of business.
Maybe Prop B, the anti-puppymill bill, had something to do with it. Maybe the breeders were just ready to retire. But I and many other rescuers hoped we could keep as many dogs as possible from going on to other commercial breeders. And I had one special hope -- that we could take home the oldest dog in the auction.
We did , of course, and doesn't he look grand? He's a 12-year-old yorkie who will now spend the rest of his years as a pet. I haven't settled on a name yet, but I think it should be something like Phoenix or Liberty. Any better ideas?
Add to those a 10-year-old Lhasa Apso, four dachshunds (ages from puppy to senior), two Papillon ladies, a 7-year-old female corgi, two shih tzus (one puppy and one 4-year-old), one 5-year-old male Dalmatian, and a 7-year-old yorkie with a week old puppy. Here are a couple of the dachshunds still wearing their auction numbers.
Many other dogs went home with rescue groups or individuals taking home a pet for themselves. Sadly, we saw too many going to other puppymills, some of which will be worse places than the one they're leaving. The dogs we met at this auction were pretty well socialized. They lived in roomy kennels that seemed to be kept clean. They seemed healthy. This was not one of the nightmare puppymills we hear about. But it was still a puppymill. Close to a thousand dogs probably spent most of their lives in their cages. Many lived year around in outdoor kennels. We saw no yards for exercise.
And yet, as puppymills go, this was probably one of the better ones. And life being what it is, the auction mean a lucky turn for many of the dogs there and a sad decline for many others who went home with breeders who care only for the money these dogs will make for them.
But we did save a few. And that included the oldest dog at the auction. Soon I'll post all the pictures for you to see.
Welcome to the good life, Phoenix or Liberty or whatever we decide to call you.
Other good news: Clifford the Big Red Dog has found a foster home and should be out of the boarding facility tomorrow. And Bubba Junior was adopted Saturday along with Hank, Lacey, Mickey, Sonia, Mr Malty, Teddy Bear, Daisy Mae, Semo and Sugar Pop. It was a good day.
A successful day.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project