Who doesn’t love a puppy? Their half-coffee, half- skunky breath? Their little, rolly-polly bodies running and tripping over their legs? Puppies are just the cutest. We have rescued 3 puppies, all before they were 8 weeks old. They were a LOT of work, but they were absolutely adorable.
Despite my love for puppies – do you know what is even more amazing? A senior dog. Unbeknownst to us, November is actually “Adopt a Senior Pet Month” (who knew!), so I thought I’d share a little bit about our senior rescue.
My husband once said to me, “I think it would be really great to adopt a senior dog. One who nobody else wants.” I’m positive he did not mean in addition to our other 2, but I took that as a green light and began my search. That’s when I found Perry. She was a 9 year old Collie mix who had spent her entire life in a shelter. As an 8 week old puppy, she was found after having been shot in her front leg, and was brought to a vet clinic. For some reason, nobody felt she was home-worthy. I immediately contacted the rescue agency to find out more information. In asking if there were any behavioral issues that I should be aware of, I was told that she seems to “demand” belly rubs. Given that, I immediately decided she was joining our family. Two weeks later, she was on transport! I often make these decisions without consulting with my husband, however, please note: It is best to let your significant other know more than 12 hours in advance that you’re adding a living being to your home!
As soon as she arrived, we knew we had made the right decision; she is a perfect fit. She’s very protective of our family – especially me, and has adopted our 2 year old lab as her own. She requires very little (except for the constant request for belly rubs), loves walks, and loves naps even more. She loves rides in the car and loves chasing squirrels. What she really loves, at the end of a long day, is giving me a kiss and falling asleep on her cozy bed – right next to me.
There is no doubt in my mind that she knows what we did for her. We looked past the “cuteness” of puppyhood, and found something even better. She is by far the most loyal, the most loving, and most appreciative being in this house. More than what we did for her, I hope she truly knows what she has done for us.