The senior dogs in the house were all rescued when they were older. Losing their homes, or being saved from abuse after the age of 7, they all came to us in their senior years.
Ozzy, senior dog
Seven years old when I saw him available through a local rescue, that I had previously adopted from. I watched him on their Facebook page for weeks. Lots of people commented that they would like him, but no one ever stepped up to adopt him. I couldn’t just let that poor older boy sit in a kennel. I went to an adoption event that they were holding to meet him, and brought him home with us later that day. That was in August of 2012.
I remember his rescue profile saying that Ozzy liked to do everything fast. Even now that he’s a senior dog, age 11.5, that still holds true. Suffering from severe arthritis, on a good day Ozzy still insists on running everywhere. Up and down the steep back hill. Chasing after the other dogs, and especially for feeding time. One a bad day, we carry him outside for potty breaks. He’s still a little love bug, even though he can no longer jump up to the furniture, and hates to be picked up. We now go down to his level for some love.
Meatloaf (Meaty), senior dog
Used as a breeder dog for the first seven years of her life, by a backyard breeder, Meaty was out first foster mama dog, with her last ever litter. We were introduced to the wonderful world of puppies when she raised her last litter of puppies in our master bathroom. Once it was time for them to go, we realized that we couldn’t let her go, she had stolen our hearts (Spring 2014).
So, she retired from constantly having puppies to our daughter’s bed, her favorite place in the world. Meaty became so attached to our daughter, that she rarely leaves the bed when our daughter is gone. A senior dog now, she is amazingly healthy, despite her past, and likes to rule the roost. The only dog in the house that can boss around the Big Boys without repercussion. She does it quite often.
Snuggles (Snug), senior foster dog
One half of a bonded pair of sisters when they came to us, Snuggles was in much better health than her sister, Grammy. Rescued from a high kill shelter, by a rescue that we foster for, they were much older than originally thought when they arrived. 10 – 12 years old when they came to us in the fall of 2015. Snuggles has lived with us ever since. Her sister, Grammy, crossed Rainbow Bridge in March 2016.
Despite losing her lifelong friend, and sister, Snug is a wonderful senior dog. Very healthy for her age, she is deaf. Which I think, from her point of view, is a good thing. She can sleep peacefully in this noisy house we call home. Snug loves to cuddle up with the other dogs, and usually ends up snuggling the new foster dogs when they arrive. She helps them to feel comfortable here. We’ve been working on hand signals with her, and she does very good with them – when she decides to look at us – so pretty much , when she wants too. She’s such a sweet girl that we don’t mind, and she welcome to spend the rest of her golden years with us.