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, March 24 and 25 at the Kirkwood Petco near I-44 and Lindbergh. To see which dogs will be where as well as other adoptable dogs, go Here. We still have some money in This Dixie Fund to cover all but $50 of the fee for Red Ribbon dogs, generally those that are 8 years and older or have special needs that make them hard to place.
Scrabble anyone? Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 7, for Speed Scrabble. Gather 3 of your friends and a Scrabble board if you have one (others will be provided). Cost is $15 per person and proceeds go to the animal organization of your choice (we hope it's St. Louis Senior Dog Project. Doors open at 6 and the fun begins at 7 p.m. Cash bar available. Cash prizes for top 3 teams. Location is the American Legion Post 162 at 9305 S. Broadway in Lemay, MO. For more information or to make a reservations, contact Arlene at 314-623-0412 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jodi, the Bichon Frise pictured above, has spent most of her eight years having puppies. Now she's ready to be somebody's baby instead.
I bought Jodie and several others at a recent dog auction where breeders sold their unneeded dogs to other breeders, to individuals and to rescue groups. The dogs at these auctions don't know their fate. Will it be a worse life? Will it just be more years of having puppies? Or will they now move onto something different -- life as a pet.
One of the things that attracted me to Jodie (in addition to her senior age of 8 years) was what her breeder wrote about her --"Very friendly and will make a good pet." Evidentally, this breeder hoped Jodie would retire from the breeding life and find a forever home.
Jodie wasn't the only one with a wishful note like that. Buchshot, a 7-year-old chihuahua, was described as "a real sweetheart that will make a great pet," Pretty Boy the 8-year-old maltese "very friendly and will make a good pet also," and White Lightning, another 8 year old maltese "more than deserves a good forever home." Below is Pretty Boy.
Jodi, Buckshot, Pretty Boy and White Lightning are four of the dogs that came home from the auction with me. I also brought home some Australian Shepherd puppies, a shih tzu puppy, and a couple 5-year-old havanese ladies.
We see good times ahead for all of them. Here's one of the Aussie puppies.
And congratulations are in order for Haley, a senior Lab adopted last weekend. She'd lost her former owner to a nursing home. No one in the family was able to take her -- a story I hear too often. Here's Haley.
Also adopted were the two bassett hound puppies, now recovered from demodectic mange.
Of course, it's never a perfect week. We've had three returns and an endless number of begging phone calls and emails from people wanting me to take their dogs. Those are the things that drag me down.
I'm sure glad every day has stories that lift me back up.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project