Let me share a heartwarming story about Sassy, one of my canine clients.
Sassy is a senior dog who unfortunately ended up in a shelter for an unknown reason.
Despite that tragedy, she was one of the few fortunate ones who received a second chance.
Look at her eyes. Isn’t she pretty?
She was 15 years old.
Her former owner surrendered her at a shelter almost a year ago.
No one knows what the reason was.
Because of the efforts of a few rescue groups sharing her information through social media, Sassy caught the eye of her now current owner (a.k.a. her mom).
It was not because she was all pretty.
Instead she was thin, frail, and covered with feces.
Her mom rushed over to the shelter near LA to pick up Sassy.
She was prepared for the fact that Sassy wouldn’t live very long.
And yet, she still went ahead and got her simply because she couldn’t let her die in a shelter like that.
Since Sassy is pretty much blind, it must have been difficult to find food or water in the enclosure she was in while in the shelter.
So when she was picked up, she was really, really thin.
New Chapter, New Life
It is almost the one year anniversary of Sassy’s adoption! Amazing!
She was diagnosed with cancer recently, but fortunately, it doesn’t seem like an aggressive type and things are currently under control.
See how she is used to getting massage, too!
I’m not going to deny it. Taking care of a senior or special needs dog (or any animal) is not easy.
But why does Sassy’s mom look so happy?
It has to be that offering unconditional love with no expectation to receive anything in return gives one true happiness.
You may say:
“Oh, adopting a senior will be too hard for us because they won’t live long”.
But instead of choosing the kind of dog that you want, maybe rescuing a dog that desperately needs help right now makes much more sense.
…and you may be surprised with how much joy and happiness an old dog can bring.
Oh, and last but not least, let me introduce you to Buster, who lives with Sassy.
He is great at guiding and leading Sassy around the house!
“I can’t think of anything more rewarding than making the last years of a dog’s life the best they can be.”August 16. Happy 1st yr Sassy.
Posted by Jane Oblepias Ragunton on 2015年8月16日