So there has been a lot of things on blogs lately making me think. First over at This Good That Bad they did a writing contest about why our pets keep us sane. I can't imagine living with out some kind of furry friend. I've them all my life except for a year in college and the first year after I graduated. They are as much a part of me as a child can be. I tell everyone that my kids have 4 legs and fur and I wouldn't have it any other way. The way they always come and greet you at the door when you come home like you are the best thing ever. It can take the worst day and turn it around in just a matter of seconds. Every night when I crawl in bed to read before I go to sleep Petey the cat comes and curls up on my feet, just to be close to me. Mr. Nubbin' shows up in bed about 6 mornings out of 7 just to have cuddle time. They follow me around the house just to let me know they are there. I don't think there is a coincidence between God and Dog.
Then I look at MaxDog and Wilf and Digby and what their family's are going through. I tear up every time I think about it. I know that Lucky is pushing 13 and at over 100lbs that's a long time. I'm sure in the not to distant future I will have to make some tough decisions. I still wouldn't change taking him in at 11 and having him part of my family for as long as we can.
I have come across a couple of groups in the last few weeks that cater to older dogs and finding them homes. First there is The Grey Muzzle Organization they work to foster/support and place at risk older dogs. Then there is Old Dog Haven they are in WA and work with adoptable older dogs and dogs that need a final refuge, hospice care, etc.
I can't tell you the blessing we got taking in an older dog. He is the light of my day. When we first got him he had been in rescue for close to 2 years. He was 121lbs and didn't have a lot of muscle tone. We had to get a step for him to to get in my truck for probably the first 3-4 months. Over time he built back up his strength and stamina. He is able to run with his 5 year old brother and sister in the open space, jump into the back of my truck and every day he does something that just makes me laugh out loud.
I mean how can you not love those ears!
Anyway I just seem to be all emotional right now about my furry kids and figured you all would understand and indulge me!
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