Bow-Wows & Meows: Adopting A Senior Pet

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Give Them A Home For The Holidays

One thing that is extra heartbreaking is seeing the senior animals that have been left by their owners. Many of their owners have passed away and maybe family members cannot care for them. Some are given up because they are just too much of a bother. How anyone can do that is beyond me, but it is done.

There are kind, loving people out there just looking for a senior pet, however, they are few and far in between. Most people are raising a family and want a family dog or cat. They, of course, should not take in a senior animal, but there are many single or older people out there, like me, that really could make a difference during the close of an animal’s life. I ask that all of you at least consider this. It is such a joy!

Recently, two incidents occurred that truly did my heart good. Two animals were left at dog pounds. Both older and sick. Rather than let them pass over at the pound, these two animals were adopted by caring people that gave them a quiet loving place for the end of their lives. So, no matter what they had gone through, at the end, they knew they were loved and safe.

WantanAlso, a little closer to home, is the story of the little dog that I first found years ago. The little dog that caused me to start emailing rescue groups. The little dog that connected me with Rose’s Rescue – little Wan-tan that has passed over Rainbow Bridge.

Wan-tan was found wandering the streets of Aurora. He was matted, flea bitten, and had rotten teeth. Was he a puppy mill breeding dog dropped off? Maybe. He was a Shih Tzu. He could not eat dry dog food and had to have most of his teeth extracted.

This was the first time I ever saw a dog with his skin stained black from flea dirt, and yet he was as sweet as can be. I only had him with me a couple days before he went into a Rose’s Rescue foster home. Several weeks later, the foster mom contacted me to tell me he had been adopted.

Then the couple that adopted him contacted me and we have kept in touch ever since. I did get to see Wan-tan last year at a Rose’s Rescue event. He was almost blind, but his hair was shiny, clean, and brushed. He was happy and so were his adoptive parents.

Sadly he had some back problems that put him into extreme pain, and he had to leave our world. Little Wan-Tan crossed over Rainbow Bridge, but now I know he can see and run and play and just be the good boy he always was. His beginning may have not been the nicest, but his ending was in love. What more can any of us ask for.

We have had senior animals with the rescue for years, then all of the sudden someone comes along to adopt them. It is a joyous time when that happens. I just would like it to happen more often.

Shiloh

So, there are many rewards to adopting a senior dog. I adopted one myself. His name is Shiloh, and he came to me at Christmas time. He was my gift. He makes me smile. He is a beagle mix and as goofy as can be, but he has filled my heart with love, and I now know it will only be senior dogs that I adopt from now on. They are not throw aways. They gave their younger years to someone, they deserve to know they are loved when they cross over. We all deserve that.

So, to all you wonderful people out there that are willing to take in a senior or special needs pet, I thank you. They may be just a little more work at times, but the rewards are tremendous.

My little Shiloh gets grumpy at times, but so do I. He does not see as well at night, but I stand by him while outside, so he knows he is safe. He still takes off running like a pup, it just does not last as long. Thank goodness, because my energy level is not so high these days. The biggest thing about my sweet Shiloh is how he makes me smile. I am so very thankful for that. Seems I don’t smile as much as I used to, so Shiloh do your stuff!!

I’m hoping this article will make someone consider adopting a senior animal or even an ill animal that can be given hospice care by you. I would hate these animals to die alone and frightened in a dog pound or kennel atmosphere. They deserve so much more from us.

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.

 

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Please click on these photos to learn more about each so you can start your adoption process now! Thank you! 

Molly

 Molly

Murphy2

 Murphy

Scully

 Scully

Chance

Chance

Here is a very sweet boy that has some skin issues as probably he was an outside dog and no one bothered to help him. He is an un-neutered male around 5 years old. His name is Chance and he could use one. Could you give him some love?

Have you adopted a senior pet? Please share his/her name in comments below! 

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