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, August 29,in the Kirkwood Petco. To see which dogs will be there plus other available dogs, go Here.
Get Ready for Trivia Night: Saturday, September 19, at Assumption Parish of Mattese, 4709 Mattis Rd. Doors open at 6. Trivia begins at 7. $25 per person for up to 8 players per table. Bring enough for a table or come alone and join others. For more information or to make reservations, contact Arlene at 314-623-0412. Make checks payable to St. Louis Senior Dog Project. This is our annual major fundraising event. Please come.
We love those dogs that find new homes in a few days. Love them. Love them. Usually they are puppies.
But some dogs just take longer to find their forever homes. Some are slower to place because of their extra years. Others are younger but need a longer period of rehabilitation. And sometimes their needs are unique enough that the right person doesn't show up in only a few days.
Take Gus up there. He and Buster came to us about a year ago from a hoarding situation. Both were terrified and initially hard to get close to. But in time they learned to love their foster parents and started acting like normal dogs. Almost normal, anyway. Both are still wary of strangers. And both find adoption events a little frightening.
If their shyness weren't enough to make them a challenge to place, they both come with one other problem. Both of them can scale a 6 foot chain link fence. It's amazing to see.
So we really need the right place for these two. A privacy fence or something that can't be scaled or no fence and an owner who will walk them.
We know the right place is out there for them. Here's Buster.
Another shy guy is Wiley, a white German Shepherd mix. He's actually been adopted twice and come back twice because of his shyness. Both adopters praised him and said he was a gentle, loyal boy -- just a little shy for them. At my place, he doesn't seem shy, so maybe he just needs someone who will decide he's fine as he is.
Last week we did place one dog that had been waiting awhile -- Elvira the big, black lab mix. Sometimes black dogs are hard to place. We wish her luck. We also placed Coco, the 7 year old cocker spaniel and several puppies (of course).
One problem with puppies is that although they are easy to place as eight-week-old puppies, they sometimes come back to us as wild-and-crazy one-year-olds -- the teens of the dog world. This week we learned of three such adolescents coming back.
This week we took in several new dogs, including three that were among 17 turned into a local shelter from the same home. I'll tell you more about them later.
Meanwhile, come see us Saturday at Kirkwood Petco, and don't forget to buy my book: Redbud: A Dog Lady Mystery. It's available on Kindle or in paperback through Amazon.com.
Ellen Carlsen Ellick
St. Louis Senior Dog Project