A few weeks ago, a television station in the Minneapolis/St Paul Metro ran a story on pet rescue. Whether you are looking for a dog, cat, horse or bird there is a shelter with a rescued pet up for adoption in the Twin Cities. The particular organization featured in the news story embraced the mission of helping older dogs find new homes.
Our own family adopted our dog Tikki, from a shelter as a 7-month-old semi-puppy. He was a huge part of our family for 17 years and I will have to admit the older years were a bit easier than the young dog years. Older dogs are calmer with a desire to please their masters. As Tikki aged, we were concerned for as his eyesight and muscles failed him. We built him a dog ramp and had several dog beds around the house to keep his old bones comfortable. My husband was inspired to research and built a website with information on older dog care. Tikki brought much joy to our family life for over a decade after he became a “senior dog” at the ripe old age of seven.
So when WCCO did a news story on a local dog rescue organization, I just had to watch. The Top Dog Foundation in New Germany, MN focuses on finding loving homes for what some consider an “un-adoptable” animal, the senior dog. In the story, I was struck by the comment that older dogs are more appreciative of their new homes as they know what is to be unloved for a time and then adopted and properly spoiled again. If you are looking for an older dog who will appreciate all of the love your family has to offer, check out Top Dog or any one of a large number of no-kill shelters who seek loving homes for older dogs.