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...even puppies. See our adoptable dogs here. We will have dogs at Kirkwood Petco, I-44 and Lindbergh, 11 to 3 both Saturday and Sunday.
We still have funding available to cover the adoption fee for senior citizens adopting senior dogs. Seniors 60 plus and dogs 7 plus. Seniors come on by.
Sonny, the 7-year-old rat terrier pictured above is dreaming that he'll be just as lucky as Scooter, a beagle mix adopted almost 8 years ago.
We all think Sonny will make a perfect pet for someone, and he'd be a dream dog for a senior citizen. He's one of several dogs whose fee could be paid through the Purina Pets for Seniors program if the right senior comes along. Of course, we'd let young people adopt him to -- for a fee. He's a pretty youthful fellow senior, but when we saw him at the Jefferson County Animal Control, one of the workers said no one wanted him "because he's too old."
As I often tell people, you shouldn't overlook a dog just because you won't have as many years with that dog. Even if you only end up with five years, they might be the best five years you've ever spent with a dog.
That's what happened with Scooter, who was seven years old when Kimberly adopted her.
Scooter's owner had died and no one in the family wanted him because he was "too old." Kim sent me a recent picture, which I haven't been able to scan properly. Think medium-sized black and white beagle mix.
Scooter and Kim have seen each other through good times and bad. Kim tells us Scooter turned 15 in January. "She is the best dog ever!!!!!!Than you!" Scooter is now getting monthly acupuncture treatments and additional Chinese herbs to help her with her arthritis. "The goal is to keep her comfortable and free of pain.
"Scooter is slowly losing her vision and hearing, but seems to still enjoy her life and actively participates with family members and family dogs. Even though she is an older dog, she still sometimes acts like a puppy and will run around the yard and house really fast and play. Then all of a sudden she just stops and rests."
Scooter has spent more than half her life with Kim. And to think that she was "too old" in 2002.
Sonny is now the same age Scooter was when she was adopted. Plenty of years ahead for a great new life.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project