Happy Friday y’all!
Today I have a really specially Friday faves post to share with you.
Earlier this week I posted about one of the sweetest pups I’ve ever met – Miss Wendy! (Check her out here). She is looking for her forever home and would make some lucky person EXTREMELY happy!
But today, I’m going to focus on a few other sweethearts that are not actually looking for homes, they’re just GLORIOUS senior pups that have come into HugABull and found themselves in Compassion Fosters for their golden years. Compassion foster is basically when the pup goes into a foster home and ends up staying due to age, health concerns or whatever other reasons that may make it trickier to put the pup up for adoption.
OKAY. So lets meet our pups and then I’ll talk about some of the MANY benefits to opening your heart (and your home!) to an older pup.
Up first. Richie.
This. Boy. Oh my goodness. I had the pleasure of meeting him and his wonderful foster mama Gillian earlier this week. What a sweet boy he is. These two seemed to be a match made in heaven. Gillian shared with me that she has Fibromyalgia and degenerative joint disease. When she found this out, she thought she would never be able to be a dog owner again (Since they tend to need a ton of activity!) Enter, Richie! This boy is 15 years old!!!!! And the vet said he’s got another couple years in him from what he can tell! He’s not in any pain, and is a super happy pup. But he can’t do a ton of activity. So he and Gillian enjoy their 15-20 min walks, and then settle in for a good cuddle. HOW CUTE!
Next up! Notch.
This beautiful boy had a tough beginning to his life being tied up in a yard, having dogs come and go – some picking fights with him, leaving scars on his ginormous adorable head. However, it hasn’t tainted his will to cuddle or the size of his heart – he is SUCH a love bug. He does have some health issues due to his age (~9 years old) and some of the troubles he had when he was younger – but he is EXTREMELY happy an well loved in his foster home where he will stay for the rest of his days!
Lastly – GATOR!
Would you just look at that face??? OMG! So… adorable thing about Gator. He has been with his foster mom for just over a year I believe. She took him in at 10 years old. He, like Notch, spent most of his life chained to a fence. But this breed is oh so forgiving, and anyone who has met Gator would NEVER know that is what the first years of his life were like. He’s a little love bug!
Anyway, not long after his foster mom took him in, she took him to the vet because of a couple moles she found. Poor Gator was diagnosed with cancer and told he would have days, weeks, or months. Not too sure – but it likely wouldn’t be long. His foster mom created a bucket list for this sweet boy, of things that he would complete in the last little bit of his days. You can check it out here — Warning: you will need tissue. This post I’m referring to (the bucket list post!) was written over a year ago, and Gator is still with his foster mama completing as many things as possible off his list!
So… WHY RESCUE A SENIOR?
– Most of them are there because a family situation changed, or sometimes because of a medical issue, but usually not because of a behavioural issue. After all, if they made it 8+ years in their first home(s), chances are they were a pretty good companion.
– If you are not an active person, and long hikes or marathon ball sessions aren’t your jam, a senior is a great option