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 your new best friend 11 to 3 Saturday, June 27, and noon to 3 Sunday, June 28, in the Kirkwood Petco. To see which dogs will be there plus other available dogs, go Here.
Last week I received word that the wonderful Grey Muzzle Organization was going to provide us with a donation to help pay veterinary care for senior dogs.
So the first thing I did was start looking around for the perfect first Grey Muzzle dog for the new grant period. I found him at Jefferson County, MO, Animal Control. Frank is a pug mix and yes, he does have a grey muzzle. Staff at the shelter pegged him as about 8 1/2 years old. I picked him up the day before what might have been his euthanasia day.
Frank is now neutered, up to date with shots, heartworm tested (negative), and wormed. He's also had his teeth cleaned and a couple pulled. And he's a well-behaved boy who gets along just fine with other pets.
I like this little guy. He's low maintenance and easy to have around. He looks sad in the picture, but he'll be smiling soon, at least as much as a dog can smile. Thank you, Grey Muzzle, for supporting Frank and others to follow in the coming year.
Meanwhile, I'm going through one of those troubling times. I totaled the van I use to transport dogs to adoption events and vet appointments. I also learned of a number of dogs that are coming back from previous adoptions -- some after several years.
I don't mind it much when people return their dogs after a few weeks or months. If things aren't working out, we want the dog back. Sometimes dog and person just aren't a good fit. I also know that circumstances can change, making it difficult for a person to keep the dog.
But I'm always a little surprised when it takes people three years to realize they have a problem with the dog they adopted. How could it take that long to realize the dog wasn't housebroken? Or didn't get along with the other dog? Or had separation anxiety? Even stranger is when the same dog goes to a new situation and no longer has the same problem.
My big problem, of course, is that I need to find foster space for these returns, often at the expense of other dogs we might have rescued from shelters.
But somehow we manage. When we're lucky, we find a more suitable home for the returned dog and everyone is happy. At other times the dog needs a little more rehabilitation or even medication. Rarely is the problem unfixable.
We're planning a double adoption weekend. 11 to 3 Saturday and noon to 3 Sunday at the Kirkwood Petco. We'll be staying home the July 4 weekend, which is always a nightmare for dogs everywhere. Keep yours safe.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project