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 16, at the Kirkwood Petco near
I-44 and Lindbergh., To see which dogs will be there as well as other adoptable dogs, go Here.
My home is now an infirmary for dogs. Not entirely and not intentionally, of course. But as I look around the room, I see dogs with special medical needs, none of them quite ready for adoption but all of them very special to me and to the St. Louis Senior Dog Project.
I've said this before: I don't go looking for dogs that will cost us a lot of money. But somehow they find me, and I can't turn them away once they're here.
That's Hank at the top. Hank is a cocker spaniel who came to us from Jefferson County Animal Control after being picked up as a skinny, matted, obviously neglected cocker spaniel. He also had three tumors near his neck. Sometimes such tumors turn out the be benign, but that wasn't the case with Hank. His were cancer, probably begining in the thyroid. The tumors and a lymph node have been sugically removed. Now, thanks to a grant from the Dog and Cat Cancer Fund, he's receiving additional therapy. That means Hank will have enough time left in his life to enjoy love and good care. He's a sweet boy, and he deserves it.
I also have Doby, Remy, and Sweet Potato. They all came to us with heartworm disease. Doby is resting up after treatment. Remy and Sweete Potato will begin their treatment in a week. I'm amazed at how many people still don't protect their dogs from heartworms. It's as simple as giving them one pill a month. That's all it takes to keep a dog safe from this mosquito-borne disease which is almost always fatal if not treated. And, I might add, treatment is not cheap. But these dogs, and another we took in a couple days ago, will receive the treatment they need.
Remy the rat terrier came to us with another preventable problem. He had horrible, turn your head away and gag bad breath. Now his kisses are much sweeter after receiving some dental care. Some people may not apprecite the need for dental care, but it's especially important for small breeds known for dental problems. A yorkie came to us recently because the owner wanted to shoot the dog because of its stinky breath rather than pay for dental care.
Here are my three heartworm dogs. Remy, Sweet Potato, and Doby. They all came to us from different animal shelters where they'd either been turned in my owners or picked up as strays.
And rounding out my patient list is Sam, the German Shepherd with a chronic respiratory condition. He will be on and off antibiotics for the rest of his life and will require careful monitoring because of what specialists now think is an immune system problem. He's the best dog ever and he is available for adoption or fostering, but he'll need someone as special as he is.
And that's my home today and for awhile.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project