Sunday, March 04, 2007

Don't Forget About the Older Dogs

I believe that we need to take care of our elders. There are many older pooches up for adoption, either through rescue or in shelters, that just want someone to be with them in their old age, just like humans. Sadly, some humans think that a puppy is funner and the old dogs are never given a chance to show their wonderful qualities. If they are fortunate enough to live in a foster home then they have hope, the pooches in shelters - well we know what happens to them unfortunately.

There is a particular foster that a kind lady named Nancy rescued in Nebraska. His name is Blaze and apparently he has been an outside dog all his life. He lived his life outside with his Brittany brothers and sisters but they passed and left Blaze to himself. Being ten years old with no company, that was too much, he would jump a four foot fence, just to find some company.

Nancy found out about him and took him in (though in her words it cost "dearly on the domestic front".) But you know what, Blaze was thankful and I'm sure Nancy's domestic "issues" melted away as soon as they saw this pup's eyes.

Mom has a soft spot for this boy - maybe it's because he's older, maybe it's because he was an outside dog and never part of a family. Maybe it's because she's a total sap... In any case, she wishes she could adopt him but we have a dog limit in the city I live in and my folks can't take in anymore.

That's okay though, I think Nancy might end up adopting him because her and her family are quite taken by this dog. At least that's the joke going around on the Brittany forum. Tee-hee! Blaze is currently be treated for heart worm right now and he's handling it okay - it's a tough treatment but he's a trooper.

So I guess what I am saying is this, young pups are wonderful, beautiful creatures full of life, energy, and curiosity. Just don't forget about the older dogs too - they have just as much life in them, they still can play, they still can have a good time wondering about. The thing with the older dogs is you will be giving them a new lease on life, a new chance to love and a chance to be loved. After all, love is what us pooches all want, young and old.

We love you Blaze!


Sherry said...

Blaze is gorgeous! I hope he gets the best home ever. He deserves it.

Sophie Brador said...

Oops ... that was met to come from Sophie Brador. Sherry is merely Sophie's pet person.

Fu Fu said...

Oh Blaze looks like a cute doggie. I hope he gets a good forever home soon

~ fufu

wally said...

Blaze is a really good looking dog and I hope he finds a home. "Outdoor dogs" make me sad.

Thanks for representing for the old folks--we do make great friends!


Joe Stains said...

awe he is so cute!! I hope he gets to go to an INSIDE home.

Jasper said...

Blaze is so handsome, I hope he finds a new forever home...My Momma wishes she could give good homes to all the homeless doggies.

Nanook The Newfoundland said...

what a great post!!!

Ayatollah Mugsy said...

Well said, Boomer.

Marvin The Dog said...

Blaze looks a wonderful dog, with such a sad life story.

I agree so much with your sentiments in your post, older dogs deserve a chance.

I hope Blaze gets a good, kind and warm home soon, he deserves it!

love and licks Marvin x

Butchy & Snickers said...

Awwwh, Blaze is a beautiful doggie. There are many senior wire fox terriers homeless in rescue because their owners end up passing away. So sad. There really are a lot of older doggies in need of homes everywhere. We hope Blaze gets a great indoor home. No doggie should have to live outdoors.
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Tin Tin Blogdog said...

(Bow)wow, he's one handsome doooog. Irresistible. I hope he gets a lovely home very soon.

Hope you're keepin' well, Boomer!

Chow for now,

Tin Tin xo

Maximillian the Valliant said...

Nice post Boomer! Made Mom sniffle, she is a sucker for the older generation. She jokes that our house is a geriatric ward. We have a dog limit too...but Mom is trying to get the house ready so we can sell it in a year and move to a smaller house in the country.

Anyway, seniors are really great friends. They are always so darn grateful and full of love. Mom always says that there is nothing better than the love of a senior. At my house me and Fanny are the only ones not considered seniors. Even the annoying Lily is going on 9 yo.