Welcome to Part 4 in our exhibit of incredible, touching, sweet senior dogs from our readers around the world. Click here for details of this very special Dogster feature, which continues throughout the week.
Petunia Grace is nine years old. She was diagnosed with immune mediated hemolytic anemia three years ago, brachycephalic syndrome about a year ago and arthritis most recently. She’s gained weight and slowed down a good bit in recent years. I see glimpses of the exuberant puppy she once was, for a few brief minutes on some mornings following meds. However, I see her as the old and wise soul she has become in this photograph I took today. — Wendy Pheil
My dog’s name is Savannah. She is now 11yrs old. She is a lab/rough collie mix. Savannah’s been with my family since she was a pup. I love how loyal she is; I can completely trust her, except not to eat my food off my plate when I’m out of the room!! ^v^ Within the last 2 yrs, we’ve added 4 more additions to the family, and she’s had the hugest heart for accepting them all. I hope to have as many more years with her as time will give! — Mykela Harrell
Harley the Grumpy Pug is a recue pug that came to us while we were living in FL. He is a senior pug the Vet estimates that he is around 18 yrs old or so give or take. He is on Rimadyl and has Chronic ear infections but other than that he is doing great for a senior. He would be honored to be added to the contest. — Cynthia
My name is Denise Ellermeijer from Holland, and i would like to join the photo competition. This was my dog Yoshka, a wirehaired Teckel(Dachshund?). Unfortunately she died a few years ago. She was 14 at this photo. She was very sweet, we could do everything with this dog. She never mind it at all. We dressed her doll-clothes when we were young. ( i was grown-up with this dog). At this photo it was christmas. She’s lying in a doll-carriage. Very sweet! — Denise Ellermeijer
Dog’s name is Cognac. He is 10 years old. We adopted him when he was 3 years old from Lollypop Farm in Rochester, NY. He has been a wonderful dog. He loves the warm sun. We love him very much, he is a big part of our family. We are so glad that we adopted him. — Jennifer Klimek
This is Tinker She is a 11 year old Boxer. I have had her since she was 7 weeks old. She gave us a scare the week before Christmas and had to spend a week in the hospital. I thought we were going to lose her. we all wished for a Christmas miracle that she’d be home with us, well she pulled though and on Christmas eve the vet called and said that Tinker was ready to go home. She holds her head a little sideways now but other than that she is back to being Tinker. — Summer Hall
Thunder March 1983-March 1997 age 14 in this photo-1997 Fort Ontario Oswego NY-a Border Collie mix, he was a gentle well behaved rescue dog adopted from North Shore animal League as puppy with distemper. the vet was not optimistic yet he was a constant family companion for 14 years. He lived on Long Island as a young dog then Brooklyn, NY, Florida and Oswego NY while i was in college. He died peacefully in his sleep of old age and is frequently and fondly remembered. — Glenn Sherwood
Nick is 9, a rescue pup we adopted 3 years ago. he is a snuggler and an “old soul” but has a “grumpy old man you kids get off of my lawn” bark! The sweetest dog ever. — Mary Adams
Here are a couple pics of Misty-she is an Australian Cattle Dog, she will be 17, July 18th 2010. She is my true fighter, she has had her battles (reverse of aids, 2 main salvatore glands extracted, both ACLs replaced) and still wiggles every day-some days a little slower than others. Her favorite pastime is camping, sleeping and eating. — Brenda Lochran
This is Bear.
We adopted Bear at the local Humane Society. We fell in love with her as soon as we saw her. She was a stray, and had just been brought in off of the street, so she wasn’t adoptable yet, But we kept calling and coming back every couple of days to make sure they knew we wanted her and to be sure they didn’t let her go to anyone else!!! She is so tiny – just 8 lbs when we got her. with scars all over her tail and bottom. And her right eye is damaged beyond use and the ocular bone is crushed. She had such bad tooth decay (stage 3) that she had to have 9 teeth pulled ($1000 later – ouch). But she’s home now!!! She’s a cuddly little lap dog – almost a cat… She loves to snuggle and give tongue baths. She’s gained a pound and her teeth are clean and her mouth doesn’t hurt anymore and no one is going to give her any more scars or damaged eyes or broken bones!!! She deserves better – how could anyone not love her?! (Please adopt a shelter dog – don’t go to a pet store!!!)
She’s a cuddly little lap dog – almost a cat… She loves to snuggle and give tongue baths. She’ll climb in bed with us and burrow under the blankets, then curl up in a ball in my arms or behind our legs. She thinks she’s a puppy – even though she’s about 10 – she’ll play fetch for hours if you let her ! And to catch balls in the air, she jumps on the bed like it’s a trampoline – “Air Bear” !
Bear passed away peacefully (after a battle with pancreatitis and kidney failure) on Wednesday, September 16, 2009. She is deeply missed! — Mrs. Michelle Hillier
Hello my name is Audrey
my entry is a poem i wrote for my beloved best friend in my lifetime .
her name is Puppie
spelled just like that.
she was my everything..we saved each others lives. factually.
This poem is my Crowning Glory to my Baby Girls Life.
When Puppie left that rainy April day my heart lost millions of pieces.
Here is my Poem!!!
OUR TIME IS SLIPPING AWAY
HOW DO I HOLD ON TO YOU
AND STILL LOVE YOU ENOUGH TO LET YOU GO?
HOW WILL I PUT OUT THE LIGHT
WHEN INSIDE MY HEART THE FIRES GROW?
HOW DO I TURN BACK THE TIME
AND TURN DEATH FROM THE DOOR?
HOW WILL I FILL MY EMPTY ARMS
WHEN I CAN’T HOLD YOU ANYMORE?
HOW WILL I JUST STEP BACK AND LET THINGS BE AS THEY MUST.
HOW CAN I SAY GOOD -BYE
WHEN I LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH.
HOW WILL I STAY WARM AT NIGHT,
WHEN YOUR NOT CUDDLED BY MY SIDE?
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THIS ?
LORD KNOWS HOW HARD I’VE TRIED.
HOW WILL I GIVE YOU BACK TO GOD
WHEN I FEEL THAT YOU ARE MINE.
HOW WILL I EVER ACCEPT THE FACT
WE’RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME.
WRITTEN BY Audrey Wilmot.
DEDICATED TO MY MOST BELOVED FRIEND IN THIS LIFETIME
MY DOG –MY BABY GIRL– MY LIFE—
AGE JAN 1985 – APRIL 17 2003
THIS POEM WAS STARTED ONE YR BEFORE I PASSED AND WAS FINISHED 1 WEEK AFTER MY JOURNEY TO THE RAINBOW BRIDGE.
THE WORDS FINALLY CAME FULL CIRCLE TO MOM.
This is their adoption photo. Joe was 10 and Maggie 12. Maggie crossed the rainbow bridge Thanksgiving 2009 at the age of 14. Joe is now 12 and living a wonderful full life. I adopt senior citizen dogs. Maggie and Joe had spent their entire lives together. I*m also attaching a newspaper article about us. I also have Chaco who is a youngster at 6, and a blind, deaf, 11 year old Chihuahua who I have had for almost a year. Old dogs are the best. — Diane Bailey Lynn
Hi my name is Lisa and we adopted Shadow two years ago they weren’t sure of hiw age but thought he was about six or seven year’s old then. He love’s my kid’s very much,hate’s hitting(even play hitting), and is just a wonderful dog. He is still playful for his age (he love’s water jug’s)and we love having him with us.When he came to us he must have known this is his forever home because he made himself right at home and was happy to greet everyone who came home to see HIM.
Sable is a Jack Russell Terrier. She is 12 years old. She resides in the house with two other dogs, where she took over the mother role. She has a great personality, loving, affectionate, friendly, and loyal. She loves to cuddle.