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, January 2, in the Kirkwood Petco north of I-44 off the Lindbergh exit. To see which dogs are available, go Here.
I'm looking at the dogs that will be with me for the holidays. I wish they could be in their forever homes, but they're probably not ready for adoption.
Groot, above, is a very senior border collie. All I know for sure about him is that he's way too old to be homeless. Poor Groot. He looks at me with foggy eyes. When I pet him, I feel lumps and bumps on his body. He has trouble getting around. Most days he's just slow and stiff. Sometimes, though, he has trouble getting started. He breaks my heart at times when he hobbles over to put his head on my lap and nudge my hand for more petting. He loves attention, and he loves treats. He's found a comfortable dog bed that suits him fine.
But I know we'll have trouble finding him a home.
One of my other holiday guests is Honey Rose, a cocker spaniel who may need surgery for an enlarged gall bladder. Once we take care of her immediate problems, she'll be very adoptable. But she's not ready yet.
It seems we have a lot of dogs now that aren't quite ready.
This week I took in a miniature Australian Shepherd who is about 20 lbs overweight. To be clear, she weighs about 45 lbs and should way about 25 lbs. She's adorable, though, and pretty nimble for a fatty. We named her Vienna, as in Vienna Sausage. Hope she doesn't mind.
I'm also working with a maltese that doesn't yet accept the need for housebreaking. And I also have a couple dogs that are too frightened to be good pet candidates yet. And yet another is awaiting treatment for heartworms.
Other volunteers tell similar stories. We have a lot of dogs with special veterinary needs or special behavior needs. Makes it rough for all of us.
Meanwhile, I continue to write. Now that I've found out I actually can complete a novel, I have two out: Redbud and The Chihuahua Affair, both part of the Dog Lady Mystery series. I'm at work on a third with the working title Dog Gone With the Wind. Since you asked, there's a tornado involved. The books are available on Amazon.com and on Kindle.
Ellen Carlsen Ellick
St. Louis Senior Dog Project