Showing by category: Senior Shepherds

Are you looking for that special companion who adores being with you? One who has wonderful house manners, who can let you finish the Sunday paper but be ready for ride at a moment’s notice? An older dog or senior may be for you!

HollingSeniorShep

Holling was a GSRNE fellow. At age 12-13 he began to experience some challenges that are common to senior dogs. Let’s exchange information and learn about experiences with our older dogs.

Consider this: older dogs whose lives have been disrupted in their later years have so much love to give and like nothing better than giving it. They tend to rely heavily on their owner for companionship and therefore bond very quickly. The desire to return the companionship given to them is very strong.

Older dogs, in most cases, do not have the same exercise requirements as their younger counter-parts, though depending on their age, they can still enjoy long walks or a good game of ball.

They have gone through the chewing and destructive stage long ago, and want nothing more than a warm pair of feet to lie next to or a soft lap or bed to snuggle on. Their daily walks can be therapeutic for *both* dog and owner!

Older dogs have the benefit of mellow age to help them focus and can often be more easily trained than their younger counterparts- they know what “no” means, how to get along with others, to be a part of the pack.

The joys of owning an older or senior dog will greatly outweigh the effort involved, as will the extra years of companionship gained.

Senior Shepherd Group on Yahoo

 

“Hello, everyone, my name is Sophie, and I am safe and happy now.”

“She’s our GSRNE foster sister, and we truly love her!”

“Sadly, her former family thought she wandered off into the woods to die so never looked for her.”

“And the poor ol’ gal had live fleas, hair loss, multiple infections, could barely walk, and had the curliest nails ever!”

“Hungry, sick, and confused, she then ended up in a homeless shelter for a &*$%# month.”

“As a 14 yo reject, she was certain she would die there, and nobody would care. Heartbreaking.”

“Oh, boo hoo hoo. Yea, my heart is all broken up now, into a gazillion pieces. I might end up with heart failure!”

“Ya know, you can be a real jerk sometimes, Duke.”

“Hey, look, what’s Sophie up to?”

“Stay tuned for the adventures of Sherman, Matsi, Duke, & now Sophie, too!”

“Most wonder why anyone would want an old lady like me.”

Nanny Millie, approximately 14 years old, found by Animal Control on the streets of Rhode Island in the dead of winter 2007, escaped euthanasia when the ACO called GSRNE as a final resort. This is Nannie Millie story revisited, (diversified photos and captions). Note: In honor of what Millie taught us all about caring for senior dogs, and in celebration of the new photo book about her life, GSRNE is revisiting her story.During the winter of 2007, German Shepherd Rescue of New England received a desperate plea for help for an extremely sweet senior who had been dumped on the streets of Rhode Island. Given her advanced estimated age of 14yo, she was considered unadoptable by the shelter. Although Animal Control was hesitant to euthanize her, chances were slim to none that anyone would show interest in her, and they didn’t want her to suffer any further.As a GSRNE volunteer who previously took in seniors, I was asked to go check her out.

 

“Can you believe that ‘I’ was once a cherished little puppy, too?”
“Why is it, sir, that as we grow older and wiser, we become LESS valued and appreciated?”
“WAIT, are you lookin’ at ME?!!”“I need to win this visitor over QUICK.”“Excuse me sir, I’m actually a lot stronger than I look.”“Actually, the truth is, I’m locked up for no good reason and I’m all alone in life, and I need a friend.”“I’m still not quite sure if today will be the LAST day of my life, or the first day of my NEW life.”

“Lovely accommodations. If I had any friends left, I’d be sure to write and tell them.”

“Ya, ya, we’ll all get together again when pigs fly…Geez I hate long goodbyes.”

“Excuse me, do you know where I’m going?”

“Apparently, I’m going to be living in a palace like a queen.”

“This should be different.”

Next Up:  Millie Meets Melissa

One by OneTray’s Poem

One by One, they pass by my cage,
They say, “Too worn, too broken, too old of age.
Way past his time, he can’t run and play.”
Then they shake their heads and go on their way.

A little old man, arthritic and sore,
It seems I am not wanted anymore.
I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed.

Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail.

Who wants a dog so old and so frail?

My family decided I didn’t belong,

I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.

Whatever excuse they made in their head,

Can’t justify how they left me for dead.

Now I sit in this cage, where day after day,

The younger dogs get adopted away.

When I had almost come to the end of my rope,

You saw my face, and I finally had hope.

You saw through the grey, and the legs bent with age,

And felt I still had life beyond this cage.

You took me home, gave me food and a bed,

And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.

We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,

You love me so dearly, you want me to know.

I may have lived most of my life with another,

But you outshine them with a love so much stronger.

And I promise to return all the love I can give,

To you, my dear person, as long as I live.

I may be with you for a week, or for years

We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.

And when the time comes that I must leave,

I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.

And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,

My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.

And I will brag to all who will hear,

Of the person who made my last days so dear.

Leslie Whalen

 

 

Showing by category: Senior Shepherds

Senior Shepherds Group
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Sophie’s Story
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Nannie Millie’s Story
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One by One
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