One of many pups now in a new home
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 from 11 to 3 Saturday, February 1, and noon to 3 February 2, in the Kirkwood Petco near I-44 and Lindbergh. To see which dogs will be there as well as other adoptable dogs, go Here.
We said goodby to our puppies last weekend -- and not with too many tears. We loved the new homes they'd found, and those of us who's fostered these adorable bundles were more than a little happy to find ourselves puppy-free at last.
Puppies are wonderful, aren't they? And they're a lot of work. But what a weekend! All of our puppies went to new homes. All 13 if them out the door in a parade of wags and giggles. Thanks to all of you who adopted puppies from us.
So we should all be resting up, right? Not exactly. Monday, feeling like I had room and energy, I visited Jefferson County Animal Control and met Little Willie, who couldn't stop shaking during the entire time I was there. He was in a run between a Great Dane and a German Shepherd, so maybe that added to his anxiety. I put my name on him and came back Wednesday when he became available to rescue. While there, I also picked up Yoda, the Jack Russell Terrier. What can I say? I couldn't just leave Yoda behind. And afterall, I was still under my dog limit.
So here's Little Willie. I'm still unsure of his breed. The shelter pegged him as a terrier mix. I was thinking Rat Terrier/Chihuahua. Then I arrived home with him and his tail came out from between his legs and curled tightly above his back. Hmmm. He now looked like a Basenji. The next morning, though, Little Willie found his bark, so he can't be all Basenji, which is known as a barkless dog. So maybe he's Basenji/Chihuahua/Rat Terrier. He's still a little shy but not shivvering, shaking or hiding anymore. Here he is. What do you think he is?
As for the other last-minute dog from Jefferson County, he's all Jack Russell Terrier. He lives to retrieve balls and spends much of his time carrying one in his mouth and dropping it at my feet. He's the perfect clown and very loveable. Here's Yoda.
Little Willie and Yoda are both quite young -- 2 or 3 years maybe. But don't think we've forgotten our mission with the seniors. Last week we also placed a 15 year old yorkshire terrier and took in a senior, blind cocker spaniel we've named Gaspode. Gaspode is an amazing dog. We're working to fatten him up. and he's more than willing to help by downing large portions of his favorite kibble. He's also learned his way around the yard and house. I no longer think of him as handicapped at all. He even finds his way in and out of the dog door on his own. The first time he went missing inside, I looked around and found he had gone into my bedroom and jumped up on the bed. He was curled up and resting happily. We're treating his "dry eyes" with drops, and they're looking much better, but it's too late to save his vision. Gaspode seems unconcerned. Here's the latest picture of him. We thin he's somewhere between 7 and 9.
And tomorrow's a special day for Hank, the Cocker Spaniel. He'll go in for his last chemotherapy and will then be ready for adoption. This amazing guy has sailed through surgery and treatment for thyroid cancer. He now has a future ahead of him. His age? Somewhere between 6 and 9. Hank also came to us very thin, but he's put on a little more weight than he needed. Shame on his foster mom for giving him too many treats. Here's Hank.
And if you're in the mood for flowers (afterall, isn't Valentine's Day coming soon?), I'd like you to know that you can buy flowers and donate to your favorite charity at Walter Knoll Florists. To order online, go to www.wkf.com and check the box that says this is part of a fundraising effort. Then select St. Louis Senior Dog Project, and we will thank you very much.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project