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 and Sunday, February 18 and 19 at the Kirkwood Petco near I-44 and Lindbergh, or 11 to 3 Saturday, February 18 at the Bridgeton Petsmart. To see which dogs will be where as well as other adoptable dogs (and to check out our Red Ribbon dogs (no fee to senior citizens and only $25 to all others), go Here. The Red Ribbon dogs will be placed at no fee to senior citizens thanks to a grant from the Purina Pets for Seniors program. This Dixie Fund will cover most of the fee for younger adults.
My emails bring me news both sad and glad. Today I learned about the death of a dog we knew as Sweets. I took him home from Jefferson County Animal Control on a winter dog so cold I originally named him Brrrdog. My sister changed his name to Sweets after the psychiatrist in the television program Bones. He was indeed a sweet dog in need of a happy retirement home, and he found one.
Helen wrote, "He was happy with us. He got a lot of attention. He was walked every day except the icy or heavy rain days.....We enjoyed every minute with him. I wish we had had more."
In happier news, I heard from the couple who adopted Donner, a beagle we'd rescued from a shelter and treated for heartworms. We took him in just before Christmas so named him after one of Santa's reindeer -- Donner. Donner has gone from being homeless and sick to being a welcome and healthy pet. Ericka reports, " We just adore him and are so thankful that he's part of our family! He's a bright, shiny light in my day! He gets along great with his older brother (our Rhodesian ridgeback) and loves, loves, loves to be outside. " Ericka forwarded their Chistmas card. "He's always so serious in pictures. It cracks me up."
And speaking of "happy at my new home" pictures, here's a dog we knew as Slylock. His new name is Baxter. Lisa tells us that Baxter loves to play outside in the yard, especially if someone is throwing his ball for him. "However, he is also self entertaining and will throw his own toys and chase them. This is very entertaining to watch. He has bonded well with all of the members of the family, even my husband. (Note: We were afraid he had "issues" with men, but evidentally not this one.) Anyway, know that he is well, loved, and happy."
And finally, here's little Bitsee, happy in her new home. Bitsee came to us after someone saw this little poodle thrown from a car. Lea wrote, " We brought 9-year-old Bitsee home about three weeks ago after meeting her at your event at Petco and immediately fell in love. We were worried she might be a bit frightened in a new place with new people, but she seemed to feel right at home! The second she curled up into our arms she won our hearts. She's such a sweet girl, and we're so blessed to have her. She has really taken to our other dog, Mollie, a 9-year-old Whippet, and trots along beside her wherever she goes."
Life has certainly changed for Bitsee.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project