Mabel, age 10
Many dogs come through our program. For every one there are a dozen more waiting for the chance to start a new life. Many we find sooner than later, while they are still young enough to have a full life in a healthy loving home, nearly 100 so far this year alone. But some come to us late in life, after years of neglect and isolation, a myriad of health issues, some that can be addressed and some that are too late. Reggie was finally relinquished at age 14 in the dead of winter, after his entire life 24/7 on the end of a chain in the back of a yard. Heart worm positive and having never been neutered, we hoped he would last even 6 months with us. He chose to live the good life for another 2 years!
These old dogs define resilience. Though some do find an angel to take them into their home for their final days, months, or years, we take them in knowing they may very well finish their walk with us. And in so doing, we honor their needs, their quirks, always with the committment to make them as comfortable as possible. So.... we always left a small trash can in the middle of the room for Reggie so he would pee on that instead of the walls. And volunteers brought in satin balls to put some weight on Tracker, or make chicken and rice when Pearl isn't feeling well. We smile when Mabel snags left over pizza from the bottom shelf of the fridge.
Abby, at age 9, is the youngest of our current senior pack, with us for 4 and a half years now. She still feels safest in the security of her crate but will come to a familiar comforting voice or hand. She loves puppies, and welcomes them in for a nap and even takes a romp or two with them in the yard. Tracker, at age 15, is still quite the ladies man, surrounding himself with the gals for afternoon naps on the kitchen floor. Cubby was rescued just a short while ago and was able to stay with us just long enough to feel the love and warmth of people, a soft bed, cool water and nurishing food.
So whether it be a day, a month, or years, we mirror their resilience and make sure they know their value, their worth in a world that was so desperately unkind. Our hearts break in letting them go, nearly hardended by the injustice and suffering they endured, but we head out the next day, and the next...because we know there are more.
Your support makes that possible, and for that we are eternally grateful.
Tracker and Pearl, age 15
Abby, age 9
Tracker, Mabel and Pearl
Cubby, 14, in her final moments
Reggie...we miss you so....