|Cane - senior gentleman RIP|
no longer able to move without pain, his frequent bark had developed a sharpness to it in the last couple weeks and he was laying around way more than normal. What a grand dog for the year he was here. He could be very protective. I never worried about someone coming in the house or yard with Cane here! We are all a bit stunned by his absence. Hoss is staying in the house, Justus keeps wandering around looking and I miss hearing Cane's "huzzah!, huzzah! make way for my lady!" anytime I moved. So why save an old dog who only lived a year here? Good question -
- He was a strong, vital senior dog for most of his stay. Neither he nor his family were ready to do what was not yet necessary a year ago.
- Cane, from a standstill, jumped over Jedi, a big walker coonhound, only because Jed was in Cane's way from point A to point B.
- His family and owner, with whom he had lived for his entire 11 years, were appreciative and grateful at his finding a rescue; his owner was able to move into the nursing home in peace, knowing his loyal dog was safe.
- I won't discriminate re: age. I can't have very small puppies because of the hours I work; I can have puppies like Look Jane and See Sally who are older (about 4 months now). I am able to manage the pack so the seniors are comfortable.
- Senior dogs and senior people have a lot to offer us. Adopted senior dogs are very grateful and are accustomed to home life (depending, of course). Their years may or may not be shorter than that puppy's but you will learn and earn a lot of love in those years. They can also be opinionated - just listen some day to Betty Boop when the thunder starts rolling - she gives right back!
- Part of my personal and Silverwalk's mission is for the seniors. A good friend has a mission for special needs. YESH.
|Twinkle Toes on his overnight|
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Safe Harbor @ Silverwalk is a small division of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, Inc. in Jackson, MO, a licensed, 501c3 tax exempt sanctuary mostly for cats with some dogs and now Silverwalk. Silverwalk is in Cape Girardeau County, MO, specializing in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs.