Nannie Millie’s Story

“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

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