Molly and Keeton

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Molly and Keeton

Story and photos submitted by Keeton Hill

Molly, a Border Collie X Labrador, was given up by her previous owner in a pretty bad way on 28th October 2016. She was 13, deaf, suffering from arthritis, spondylosis (a spine condition), a double ear infection, and was so weak that she could barely walk. Because of the state she was in, and her age, she was placed into foster care with myself and my girlfriend, Adele, on the 10th November.

Over a few weeks her arthritis eased up to the point where she could run, her ear infections cleared up completely, her coat became brighter and less dry, and she even learned to toilet outside (something she hadn't been taught before). We eventually adopted her on 19th December.

She has things she needs to hopefully work on, like being less shy, feeling more confident around other dogs, and learning how to play and entertain herself. However, so far she has made massive improvements from when she first came to us, and overall she is generally easy to look after, funny, quirky, awkward, clumsy, yet gentle and kind natured.

Our vet has recently suggested that she may have canine cognitive dysfunction (dementia), but she is still happy, and enjoys her walks, food, and sleeping with her teddy, Benny. She even has her own Facebook and Instagram pages, hoping to show others the benefits of older dogs. Although she is older, she's here now, and that's all that matters. It's about the quality of time you have with them, not the quantity.

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DUSTI ROSE AND LISA

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DUSTI ROSE AND LISA

Our love story started 2 years ago when I met Dusti Rose (then known as Kyla) at Muttville.

 

I took her out for a walk…this old vision impaired dog with a funny walk. I fell in love during our walk and adopted her that day. [MORE]

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Elroy and Kelly (aka Kelroy)

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Elroy and Kelly (aka Kelroy)

Submitted by Kelly Keene

Our story is a little bit different. I have known Elroy for almost his whole life. My best friend and her husband got him as a puppy. They did an excellent job training him and he had a great life. Then, the tiny humans came along, and Elroy became an outdoor dog. His family could no longer provide him with the attention he was used to. [MORE]

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Hooligan and Saira

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Hooligan and Saira

There's a saying that once in a while a dog comes into your life and changes everything, and that is Hooligan for me. I always loved animals, but never had any real desire to have a dog.  Then one day I saw his little face, and it was all over for me.  ...[MORE]

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Miss Ida and Kate

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Miss Ida and Kate

Miss Ida has been with me for 2 years. Her exact origins are unknown, we are her fourth home. She was dumped on a farm in Virginia and she lived there until the owner survived a workplace shooting. [MORE]

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Athena and Angelina

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Athena and Angelina

Anniversaries feel so important to me as my dogs are getting older. 5 years ago, I attended a volunteer orientation at a local non-profit rescue and met 8 year old Athena ~ she had been neglected in her prior home. She was an 'outdoor only dog' who had fleas and Lyme disease, a cracked & broken tooth, nails so over grown she could barely walk and she was truly skin and bones. [MORE]

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Doris and Jamie

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Doris and Jamie

Story and photo submitted by Jamie Carr

It’s been a week since Doris left us at age 15.  Unexpectedly.  Too soon.  She joined our household when she was 8 weeks old – her birth name was Dora but she was renamed in honor ofa long-time Guiding Eyes for the Blind volunteer and Doris was as spunky and happy as her namesake.

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Petri and Alison

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Petri and Alison

Story and photo submitted by Alison Ray

I adopted Petri in March of 2015 at the Southern Oregon Humane Society.  When I went to the shelter I was not planning on adopting a dog, but we instantly fell in love with each other. 

Petri is a 10-year-old terrier mix who had never had a home until I adopted him. He entered a California shelter when he was less than 6 months old and bounced from shelter-to-shelter until I found him at the age of 8.... Read More

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Pete and Steve

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Pete and Steve

Story and photo submitted by Steve Hundley

My name is Steve and I am the “friend beast” of a 10-year-old mutt named Pete. Pete is gray in the face and several steps slower than he used to be, but still wrestles me for the ball when I return after week-long business trips and begs to go for rides. This is our story… Read More...

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Skip and The Palmisano Family

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Skip and The Palmisano Family

Story and photo submitted by Kristey Palmisano

18 years ago, we first fell in love with Skip, a little low-riding dog, when we saw him with his Maltese brother, Blizzard, at a shelter in Saratoga Springs, NY. His docile demeanor and wide-eyed glance gave us the warmest feeling in our hearts. That warm feeling has continued through the pleasure of having him close to everyone in this family of four. Skip has seen good times and bad times, and has continued to give us all continuous love, comfort, and fun that a family can ask for. Read More...

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Tuti and Gabriela

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Tuti and Gabriela

Story and photo submitted by Gabriela Patiño

I got Tuti when I turned 12. Her mother belonged to some friends of ours, so I actually met her from the day she was born. I was born and raised in Colombia and 2 years ago decided to make a life changing career move and came to the US. I decided I wanted to ride horses professionally so I went to South Carolina for 6 months and left Tuti in Colombia. After that, I got a new job in New York and went back to get her.  Read More...

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Toby and Sarah

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Toby and Sarah

Story Submitted by Sarah Jane Dooley; photo by Sophia Phillips Noll

This is magnificent Toby. He was turned in to a shelter where I volunteered when he was six months old. The young soldier who owned him was called overseas and he knew his petite wife could not manage this boy. That very day, I received a call from the shelter director, telling me, 'your dog is here.' I walked in and we walked out together.  Read More...

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Gabby and Melissa

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Gabby and Melissa

Story and photo submitted by Melissa Welch

Several years ago, my son and I moved 2,000 miles away from our friends and family so I could start a PhD program in Florida. It didn't take long for us to realize our house wasn't a home without an animal in it, so we signed up to foster senior Weimaraners through a local rescue. Our first placement was a petite, nervous 7 year old named Gabby.  Read More...

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Pokey and Maggie

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Pokey and Maggie

Story and photo submitted by Maggie Johnson; photo by Tea Photography

My hero, Pokey, celebrated his 15th birthday on June 1, 2015.  With him, I have fostered new born pups, very sickly rescues, hospice status dogs, and many others.  He has never met a dog or human he didn't like.  Meeting people and other dogs still energizes his days.  How very lucky I am to have my own "social director."  Read More...

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Buster and Gwyn

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Buster and Gwyn

Story and photo submitted by Gwyn Dekker

Buster was foisted on me when he was eight months old. I didn’t want a dog. I was still grieving for my 17-year-old Collie who had disappeared the previous year. “Then he’s going to the pound,” said my 'friend' (who had been unable to housebreak him).  

By mid afternoon my daughter had shown Buster how to open the back door.  Instantly housebroken!   Read More...

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Kymmie and Heather

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Kymmie and Heather

Story and photo submitted by Heather Deiss

Our love story began at our local animal shelter where I was paired with Kymmie to be her "mentor." Months went by as I spent time with her every week, and got to know her better. I saw that she was special. She was tough. And she chose me to be her mommy.

In time, she came to live with me, my husband, and cats. Little did I know, that in her years with us, she taught me as much as I taught her.   Read More...

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Lucky and Bruce

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Lucky and Bruce

Story and photo submitted by Bruce Caplin, Seattle, WA

We adopted Lucky at age 4, right after he retired from racing. He is now 14. I knew the moment we met him that he had chosen to adopt us. His foster mom said he had been friendly but reserved with everyone else he met, but he greeted us with amazing enthusiasm and wouldn't stop kissing me.   Read More...

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Roxie and Carol

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Roxie and Carol

Story and photo submitted by Carol Gouin

Roxie came to me as a stray. She had been living under an abandoned porch in Claremont, NH with 8 puppies. While she was out scavenging for food (I can only assume this), police personnel came in and took the puppies to the ASPCA in Springfield, VT. Roxie was then frightened and angry and had to be noosed in order to be brought into Staples Veterinary where we found her for adoption. I am told it took many days for the vet techs to win her trust and be able to pet and bath her. Read More...

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Divinity and Richard

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Divinity and Richard

Photo and story submitted by Richard Lema

In May of 2009, I adopted Divinity, a 9-1/2 year old Cairn Terrier. Divinity had spent the first nine years of her life inside a cage in a commercial breeding facility. The Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network rescued Divinity in late November 2008. Shortly after gaining her freedom, Col. Potter transported Divinity from Southern Missouri, to her foster home in Minnesota.  Read More ...

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Trinity and Kim

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Trinity and Kim

Story and photo submitted by Kim Rily

Trinity, my 15-year-old chow-spaniel mix, is lying a few inches behind my desk chair right now, as she has nearly every day at the office for 15 years. (Save for a year when I was at home with my newborn kids.) Trinity has put up with a lot from me -- going from just the two of us who would go to the dog park or equestrian center every day to having a commute, having a husband, having one kid and then the other who loved to try and ride her, (but who at least gives her treats and hand feeds her food.) She has remained by my feet or by my chair for years.   Read More...

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