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. Meet and adopt your new best friend 11 to 3 Saturday, December 31, at the Kirkwood Petco near I-44 and Lindbergh. To see which dogs will be there as well as other adoptable dogs, go Here.
WE HAVE A WINNER of the baseball raffle. Michael Ferguson, who adopted an Italian Greyhound from us a few years ago, wins the baseball signed by Albert Pujols. Congratulations, Michael. And thanks to everyone who participated in the raffle.
Marian Brickner, an animal photographer, is offering to take a family picture with your adopted dog. Half of the $25 fee will come back to St. Louis Senior Dog Project. You will receive a Hi RES image of the best picture. To arrange, call Marian at 314-564-5855 and check her out on this website: Pet Photography.
I'm officially now over my comfort level with dogs. As much as I love each and every one of my foster dogs, I'd like some of them to find new homes fast. And I'm really looking forward to a four-day vacation scheduled the first part of January.
During my days away, I won't answer phone calls from people wanting to get rid of their dogs. I won't read emails about dogs that will die if I don't do something right now. I won't even spend my weekend taking dogs to adoption events. For a few days, I'll live like regular folks. I'll even sleep in a dog-free bed.
As I sometimes say, I may be a little bit crazy, but I'm not a lot crazy. I know my limits. That's important because I don't have a facilty, and I don't keep dogs outdoors. All dogs live in foster homes, and mine is the busiest foster home of all. My current foster dogs are Royal, Latifah, Lucy, Willy Wonka, Ziggy, Cute as a Button, and Ziggy. Look them up. They are not all small dogs. They take up space. I also have two resident dogs -- a crazy Chocolate Lab and an insecure Affenpinscher.
The newest foster dog is Ziggy (picture at top), an Aussie mix pulled from the old St. Louis City Pound at Gasconade. I gave him his name because when I walked him out to the van, he zig zagged all over the place. I'd been feeling like a zig zagger myself these last two weeks -- too busy to walk straight. Or was I just sagging?
At home I do the "foster shuffle" when zig zagging about the house because dogs are always bumping against me. If I step too high or too lively, the slightest bump could catch me off balance and knock me over. Pathetic. So I shuffle and stay upright. And I yell a bit too much. That usually happens if the dogs decide to exercise their barking privileges at once.
They are a good bunch, thank God. At least I'm not breaking up fights. I'm not even mopping up too many accidents. Great potential pets. Now if they will just find homes.
My sister lives in a separate part of the house and has three dogs of her own and several fosters. Although these dogs aren't with me all the time, I do help take care of them. See, things are even worse than you thought. Yesterday, she took in a new foster -- Bitsee, a tiny poodle who was thrown from a car. Here's Bitsee, 7 or 8 years old and now recovering from some rather extensive dental work.
And I'll dream about the vacation days ahead. Oh I know there are some of you who never want to leave your "fur babies." Me, I love them all the more when I can get away from them now and then. I'm hoping I'll adopt out some dogs this weekend because otherwise I'll be boarding most of my fosters for a few days. Or maybe I'll find people who will foster a dog for a few days? Hmm?
In spite of feeling a little crazier than usual, I'm pleased that we've helped so many dogs during the final days of 2011, dogs that otherwise might have been put to sleep. The center still holds, my house still stands, and so do I.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project