Happy Tail: Senior dogs have a gift to give.
November is Adopt-A-Senior-Dog Month, and Rebecca Bogan did just that. She noticed a little black-and-tan Dachshund listed on Petfinder by Rio Rancho Animal Control. The senior dog had been brought in as a stray. He wasn’t neutered and had missing hair on his back and open, bleeding tumors on his hind end.
It was enough to turn some people away, but not Rebecca. Her heart went out to him, and she and one of her other two dogs went to the shelter to meet him. “When they brought him out, his tail was wagging so hard his entire long body waved back and forth,” she says.
The two dogs got along just fine, and Rebecca herself was in love with the little dog. She adopted him.
The first order of business was to get him neutered and to have the tumors removed. He came through the surgeries just fine.
Once in his new home, she learned that he was already housetrained and knew how to walk nicely on a leash. “What a pleasure!” she says, knowing that these skills were often two of the benefits of adopting an adult pet. “He quickly learned where his bed was and loves to snuggle up in it with a blanket. From Day 1 he slept all through the night without being crated. He is a quick learner and got into our routines very quickly.”
She came up with a name when she noticed him with his nose to the ground, locating mice, lizards and grasshoppers, among other things. “I soon learned that this little guy is ruled by his nose!” She named him Snoop-Dog.
Snoop-Dog isn’t Rebecca’s first senior pet, but “they are the very best dogs I’ve ever had,” she says, “and it’s nice not to have to raise a puppy. Seniors all have a gift to give. It’s just a matter of giving them the chance to give it.” Most often, it’s a gift of devoted love.