Aspen the Yorkie
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. We'll have dogs for adoption from 11 to 3 Saturday,November 30, at the Kirkwood Petco near I-44 and Lindbergh., To see which dogs will be there as well as other adoptable dogs, go Here.
Aspen the senior Yorkie walked on a leash around her new neighborhood yesterday and then came home to nap in her new person's lap. A few weeks ago that didn't look possible.
This little one came to our attention when Aspen's former owner asked the young man mowing her lawn to please take the dog somewhere and shot her. She was "stinky" with bad breath. Besides, the family now had a puppy and didn't want Aspen anymore. The young man didn't shoot Aspen (not her original name). Instead he turned her over to a local dog rescuer who turned her over to St. Louis Senior Dog Project.
We quickly found out that Aspen did indeed have very stinky bad breath, caused by some of the worst teeth we'd ever seen. She is now toothless and with a funny slant to her jaw which was broken due to long-term infection. But guess what. She can still eat just fine, and after her mouth healed, we noticed an extra wag in her tail.
Then Saturday a nice lady offered to give Aspen a home. Aspen went home to a fresh dog bed and a promise of plenty of love for the rest of her life. Lucky Aspen. She literally dodged a bullet.
Ellie Mae, the old black lab, also found a home last weekend. Many would have said she was unadoptable. I wondered myself if we should have taken her at all. She was 8 to 10 years old, grossly overweight and heartworm positive. She's now free of heartworms and much slimmer (although still not exactly trim). To my surprise, several people wanted to adopting her. Last week she visited one of the potential new homes and made friends with the other dog there. Good days ahead for Ellie Mae. Her she is.
Others finding new homes this past weekend included Penny Vivian, a little brindle dog from Jefferson County Animal Control; Sasha, a young Brussells Griffon whose owner died; Blossom, a senor maltese; Zoro, a young Shiba Inu mix, and Willie, a senior Bichon Frise.
With so many finding homes, I can't help but wonder why no one is noticing several of the dogs we've had for awhile. For example, Muddles is a wonderful dog -- so good with children that he even pays visits to a first grade classroom. I have no idea why he's being overlooked. Come on Muddles, your home is out there somewhere. Here's Muddles.
No week goes by without some sadness. Last week we said goodby to Elmer Fudd, the dog who couldn't wag his tail. Elmer was a senior dog with bad knees and a spinal disease or injury. When he was finally no longer able to get to his feet, we knew it was time. Janet and I stayed with him while the vet gently helped him go. Here's Elmer.
We also had to let Carter go. He was the little maltese/terrier we took from a shelter a few weeks ago. He was never well. Finally he would no longer eat and seemed unable to move from his bed. He also died peacefully, sadly the only kindness left we could offer him. Here's Carter.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project