In the several years that Mike and I have been together, there have been several senior rescue dogs, aka Our Farmhands, that have passed through our doors, into our hearts and then left us in tears as they crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.
Click on their name to find out about them.
An Uphill Battle
Senior dogs have an uphill battle finding a forever home at their late stage in life. But they are just looking for the same things we all are looking for; to be loved, to be protected and to be cared for in comfort as we age.
We never know the whole history of their lives before they come to us, but we know, because they're seniors, that they've had plenty of experiences, good and bad. We also know that they've recently faced the trauma of being in limbo waiting for a forever home, not knowing if they will ever find it.
Limited Time is Precious Time
When you rescue a senior dog, you know going in that your time with them will be limited, especially with seniors over ten. We have had to say goodbye sooner than we'd like to, but that is the price we pay for our choice in rescuing and adopting the seniors.
I read an article in Psychology Today that indicated that dogs are stuck in an eternal present. They can easily forget their past. I've seen this over and over with dogs who, after a period of adjustment and once they realize they're really home,the light in their eyes comes back and the spring in their step returns. It's a wonderful thing to be part of that.
Love and Loyalty