“I have always adopted senior dogs. My last dogs lived to be 16 and 17 years old. After they passed, it did not take much empty home syndrome before I found my current dog, Lil Missy Riverdale, a nine pound female Yorkie mix, who was 10 years old when I spotted her on the Washington Humane Society (WHS) website in October 2010. I visited and brought her home the same day. Lil Missy didn’t waste any time settling in. She found all five doggie beds and had no problems adjusting to my work schedule. Lil Missy waits at the door for me each day.
In November 2011, I received a mailing from WHS about Peanut, a blind 10-year-old male Chihuahua. I have always been crazy about Chihuahuas, having raised two previously. I couldn’t put the flyer away or get Peanut out of my mind. I visited Peanut on my lunch break, adopted him, and brought him back to work, where everyone fell in love with him.
Peanut began walking around the office, sniffing everything without fear. When I brought Peanut home that evening, Lil Missy Riverdale sniffed the crate, and eventually, I introduced them. Lil Missy wanted to mother Peanut, and fearless Peanut was having none of that. Peanut wasted no time in taking over the best doggie bed in the house. He has no problems navigating the whole house; he follows me around and can make a beeline to the food dishes. It’s been a real blessing having these two senior dogs in my life.”
- Rita Pazzelli
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