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 noon to 3 Sunday, March 13, in the Kirkwood Petco at I-44 and Lindbergh. To see which dogs are available, go Here.
Graham is one very lucky Italian Greyhound. I might not have said that a week ago -- or three weeks ago. During that time, he was lost after escaping from a fenced yard a day after he was adopted.
Disaster. That's what I thought when I first heard he was missing. Graham loved snuggling with people. At my place, he cuddled up in bed and burrowed under the covers. Sweet. Smart. But shy. And that was why I saw disaster. Most lost dogs will approach people, especially when those people are offering them food. They know they need help and they're willing to ask for help.
Not Graham. Graham had come to me from an owner who'd abandoned eight dogs in his yard when he moved. They came to us friendly but a little shy at first. Graham was the shyest of the bunch. He came around after a few days. He'd hop on my lap. He'd take treats from my hand. But when people came towards him, he backed away. I saw disaster. I knew that Graham wouldn't be easy to find. I put up signs in his new neighborhood and waited for phone calls from people who might have spotted him. One of our volunteers posted him on a lost and found site. His picture made the rounds on Facebook.
Then Graham got lucky. I received a phone call from Kirkwood Animal Hospital saying one of their clients recognized his picture which was posted on their bulletin board. She'd seen him earlier that day chomping down on dog food in her garage. Naturally, he'd taken off when he saw her. But Graham was lucky because he'd found his way into an amazing Kirkwood neighborhood. I've chased lost dogs before, but never have I received so much help from so many wonderful people. Neighbors in Kirkwood, and in adjoining Des Peres, put up signs and scoured the neighborhood day after day reporting Graham sightings. Several almost caught him. For one week I was there part of every day and one evening without ever catching sight of him.
Then finally several women trapped him late one evening in an abandoned home. Graham is now safe and in a new foster home with Parmela, who'd been driving in from her home in Jefferson County to help with the search. After four days, Graham is finally showing his tail and making friends. Thank you, Parmela. Also thank you to Dawn, who admits she became obsessed with finding Graham. Dawn who lived in the Kirkwood neighborhood searched with me one day, pointing out all the spots where Graham had been seen. Also thanks to Tony, who set up several traps. And thank you Lisa, Angie, Amy, and many others who spent a weekend and some evenings looking for Graham. Thanks also to the Fed Ex guy, who kept his eyes open and called with a sighting, and all the neighbors who let us put up signs and called with suggestions and sightings.
So thank you all. And if he could do so, Graham would thank you too.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project