Old Guys Need Love Too!

This Old Guy | Memee's Musings
Euthanasia scheduled: Dec 6, 2015

This old guy is feeling blue. He thought he’d found a new furever home but despite his sweet personality he is being returned to the county animal shelter in Ellington, Connecticut, because at some point he was bitten by a mosquito and now has heartworm.

I’ve had heartburn and it is terrible. I can tell you, having a warm place surrounded by loved ones goes a long way in feeling emotionally better despite the medical condition. I am sure the same goes for this old guy and his heartworm.  He might not know that there is a worm living in his heart but he does know life has been better and I am sure he dreams of it being better again.  No one can convince me dogs don’t dream because I’ve seen it.

There’s something about a basset hound, I’m not sure if it is their perpetually sad eyes or those long droopy ears but as soon as I saw his picture I knew I had to feature him on Seeking Love Saturdays in the hopes that I can help find him a furever home. The shelter has not assigned him a name, so I’ve dubbed him “Old Guy” out of respect for his years of friendship to those humans who’ve undoubtedly passed through his life and broken his heart.

This Monday, Old Guy will begin his last days at the Ellington Animal Control facility which is behind the fire station at 21 Main St in Connecticut.  All Dogs in Danger animals are available for transport anywhere in the United States so don’t let his location be your only hinderance in bringing him home if he is indeed the furever friend you are prepared to love and care for til the end of his days.  But realize, heartworm is a serious illness which is costly to treat and can sometimes be fatal.

Treatment entails injections and oftentimes hospitalization is required. Recovery can take up to a couple of months. The American Animal Hospital Association places the average cost of preventative for dogs at$5-15 per month, and the cost of treating a dog with heartworm at $400-1,000.Jul 19, 2013

Old Guy is not the only dog I have featured with heartworm.  Jolly found her furever home despite her illness and I know Old Guy has a place waiting for him too.

If Old Guy is not the right companion for you check out other dogs now being featured on Dogs in Danger! This advocacy site features dogs that are currently scheduled for euthanasia across the United States. The link that follows is to a page I have created which continues to grow of animal shelters around the world. If you’ve read this far and are not in the market for a dog because your best friend is already with you, please consider sharing with me the name and location of the shelter you found your bestie at so that I can continue to grow this list!

Don’t shop… Adopt!

I have been very busy with my new school and moving to California. I just wanted to take a quick moment to remind you that there are so many dogs out there needing to find good, happy, permanent homes. Your loving home is the medicine that will keep them alive and they are the medicine that will brighten your life!

There are puppies, they tend to get adopted first. Please don’t forget about the older dogs and the special needs dogs and the pit bulls. Every dog has love to give and every dog can experience loneliness and fear.

You wouldn’t want to be locked up because of how you look or something a total stranger said about you. You wouldn’t want to be jailed because you had health problems. Aging seniors fear that their children will put them in nursing homes… do you want to be put in a nursing home? Do you think that dogs needing medication or special equipment or more doctor visits want to be abandoned to strangers, locked in cages, able to see and hear the other doggy inmates but not play or interact with them? It’s cruel. We hate the idea of this happening to humans but turn a blind eye to our domesticated furry friends, allowing them to be killed simply because they’ve lost their previous home and the right person didn’t come along in time to save them.

So, if you are considering getting a dog please visit the rescues, the shelters and the pounds near you and keep your heart open to every dog, not just the cute, spunky, energetic puppies. And please, please remember do not adopt a dog if you cannot make a lifetime commitment to the animal and be sure that your lifestyle is compatible with the needs of the breed you are considering. Think of adopting a dog as you would adopting a child. Money, time, responsibility, commitment, love and attention and a whole lot of unexpected things come right along with it.

Now I’ll leave you with two beautiful happy endings courtesy of Mr. Bones & Co.

First up is Kona’s Story:

And now Davey’s Story:

Here are two links to help in your search for a furever friend. The first is Dogs in Danger. This advocacy site features dogs that are currently scheduled for euthanasia across the United States. The second link is to a page I have created and try to grow of animal shelters around the world. If you’ve read this far and are not in the market for a dog because your best friend is already with you, please consider sharing with me the name and location of the shelter you found your bestie at so that I can continue to grow this list!

Kota the Kattle Dog

KotaKota was relinquished to the Columbiana County Dog Pound in Lisbon, Ohio, along with his best friend Kona. He is a young, neutered male Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler mix. The thing about Cattle Dogs is that when they are puppies they are about the most adorable dog on the planet but during their adolescent years they go kinda crazy, just like hormone-infused humans do. However, once they hit about 3 or 4 years old they settle down into a perfect family dog. They desire lots of attention from the family but give back in spades!

Unfortunately for Kota and all the other animals at that facility, there is no extra space and so he has been put on the clock for euthenasia August 28th, 2015 (though that date could always get moved up). If you have space for Kota in your life and your heart, if you have time to devote to training and loving him, if you can be patient and wait for him to reach his maturity he might be exactly the dog of your dreams.

Here is what the pound posted on his behalf:

Hello, my name is Kota. I’m 1-2 years old and I weigh about 40 lbs. I was dumped here at the pound in a kennel with my best friend Kona on July 3rd… yeah… big booms, barking dogs here at the pound, new place… needless to say we were absolutely terrified and it took the pound a few days to get us to warm up but I have really warmed up nicely. My friend is still a little more shy. I’m a real sweet boy! I am pretty calm for the most part and I warm up to strangers pretty easily, especially if they’ve got treats for me! I get along well with the other dogs I have met since I have been here at the pound too. If you’re looking a sweet dog to add to your family, please consider adopting me. I appear to be in good health. I have been given my Parvo/ Distemper vaccine and my Bordatella vaccine and I have been given 3 days of panacur dewormer.

Please remember that raising a dog is as much of a commitment as raising a child. Do not adopt him if you cannot provide for all of his physical and emotional needs. Be a responsible puppy parent: Consider your lifestyle, the dog’s needs for his breed as well as his physical and emotional support.

To learn more about Kota (and perhaps his best friend Kona as well) contact the Columbiana County Dog Pound in Lisbon, Ohio, by dialing (330) 424-6663.

I have some Jolly news to report!

Miss Jolly

If this face looks familiar it’s because I have written about Jolly on two previous occasions. The first time was in the post Seeking Love on Valentine’s Day and the second time was in Sweet Earnestine Found A Furever Home. I love being able to report when a dog that I choose to highlight on Memee’s Musings has been adopted, especially when the homeless dog was scheduled for euthanasia due to lack of public interest.

And I just found out that sweet miss Jolly was adopted despite her special needs status. Pairing the right animal to the right person is crucial to adoption success, and so I am thrilled that Jolly’s furever friend walked into the shelter when they did and had their heart swept away. Way to go Jolly!

It is always important that when we think about adding a fur baby to our life that we consider the needs of the animal. Can we commit ourselves to both the short-term and long-term needs of the animal? Bringing a fur baby home is making a commitment just as it is to decide to have a child. Your commitment is for the life of the animal so it is important that whatever animal you choose fits into your lifestyle. Do you travel a lot? If so, then perhaps a Great Dane or Saint Bernard are not the best choice for you. Do you see what I’m getting at? Picking a large dog when much of your life is on the road or spent in an airplane is not fair to the dog. That is just one example of a fur baby-human mismatch.

One of the reasons we love our dogs so much is that they bond with us. They truly enjoy spending time with us and are eager for us to be near them, playing with them, loving on them, or just silently sitting by. So when you head to your nearest shelter looking for the dog to join your family, don’t choose one because you feel sorry for it, don’t choose one because it is the cutest one there. Choose the one that fits into your life. A pet is not an accessory (despite women’s current penchant for carrying them in their handbags) it is a loyal friend that will love you through your worst days and never hold a grudge. It is a family member that yearns for your attention, affection and love. Let that dog fall in love with you too. Don’t be hasty, there will always be more great dogs coming along so wait for the dog that you can create a mutual bond with.

And please remember, do not give an animal as a holiday gift. Animals that are gifted have a much higher chance of being abandoned or given up to shelters. If you don’t believe me, look for bunnies at shelters about a week, two weeks after Easter. Everyone needs to choose the pet that is best for them. If your heart is set on giving a pet to someone, take that person with you and let them do the choosing.

Oh, and if you love dogs but do not have a stable situation to own one, consider fostering or volunteering… shelters are always looking for loving dog lovers to help with the animals, getting them out for walks, socializing them, giving them a temporary home… the options are there, call around and thanks in advance!

A Lil Bit of love in Tennessee, please!

Lil Bit in Tennessee I have been very busy at home dealing with our own family crises, one after another. the most recent was with my Grama who was visiting from Illinois. And of course, due to my negligence, my blog has suffered a hit in readership.  I understand, and I now that all of you who’re still following along understand why I have been otherwise preoccupied. Anyway, I did not want to let yet another Saturday go by without posting to Seeking Love Saturdays.

Tweet: Looking to adopt a dog in Tennessee? Lil Bit is an adorable pup needind a furever family.

Take a look at this lovely girl, she is great inspiration for getting this article up and posted. However, she makes me feel a lil guilty about the dogs I missed getting the word out about as well. I am however comforted in the knowledge that Dogs in Danger! does an outstanding job at featuring animals scheduled for euthanasia, so hopefully many doggy lives were spared. Continue reading

A Special Message from Sevi

Hey, everybody! What an interesting weekend I had. I met with a nice family and had a sleepover at their home! My foster mom and dad cried when they dropped me off, but I didn’t understand why. Unfortunately one of the other dogs and I both wanted to be in charge. So my foster mom picked me back up the next day and told me they wanted to be promoted from “foster parents” to just “parents.” I happily accepted and have been home ever since playing with my brothers. Sometimes your forever home is closer than you think!

Sam, Sevi & Buddy
Sam, Sevi & Buddy: 3 beautiful pit bulls.

I am thrilled to share this story with you. Sevi is a beautiful female pit bull mix (pictured in the center) who, along with Leyla (also a pit bull) and their human advocate Charlotte (a Texan) inspired me to do what I can to help our four-legged friends.  It took a year, but Sevi now has her furever home! Congratulations Leyla, Sevi, and Charlotte on your happy endings!

Bonded Pair: Snohomish Love

Seeking Love Saturdays is in part about finding great homes for canine friends in need. And this one comes close to home for me, close as in proximity. Washington State residents, especially those living in Snohomish County please prick up your ears and open your hearts. I found this on Facebook and it tugged at my heartstrings because, as most of my minions know, I love my own dog so very much.

If you are settled in this area, have a yard, or even better yet a chunk of land, and are ready to commit yourself to two wonderful dogs this bonded pair needs to be re-homed for their own happiness. Their human family wants what is best for them and, therefore have to give them up. Best for these two dogs would be to stay together. Here is the story of Snickers and Twixie: Continue reading