Pet-Peeves: didn't have him long enough to learn this
Favorite Toy: rawhide
Favorite Food: all food!
Favorite Walk: the backyard was enough for him
Best Tricks: stealing your heart
Arrival Story: Walter was our foster dog for just a few days before he passed away. The rescue I volunteer for got him from a shelter even though they suspected he was ill. They just couldn't let him die in a cold shelter. Once he started to respond to treatment, he was placed in a foster home and seemed to thrive. The foster family decided to adopt another dog so Walter came to live with us. He was diagnosed with asthma and possibly lung worms; the asthma became difficult to control. He may have also developed pneumonia as a result of the lung worm. Sadly, on January 15th, Walter went into respiratory failure and did not survive. His poor little body could not fight off the infection despite the vet's best efforts to save him. He was also overweight and had an enlarged heart which created additional issues.
This sweet little dog was turned into a shelter in rural Virginia simply because he was old. I suspect his owners knew he'd need additional medical treatment and didn't think he was worth the expense. That is their loss and our gain. Even though he only lived with us for a few days, Walter stole our hearts! He was a trusting old soul who only wanted to be loved and to snuggle with you. And eat. Boy did Walter love to eat! We had decided to put him on a diet once we got his asthma under control but never had the chance.
I miss his sweet little face and his bunny soft coat. I don't believe I've ever come across a more trusting soul; despite all he'd been through, Walter trusted everyone he met. He just wanted someone to love and to love him back.
We take comfort in knowing he had that for the last few weeks of his life. Godspeed, Walter. May you run free and happy at the Rainbow Bridge.