I can't seem to put my finger on the reason but I am profoundly touched by senior dogs, and the people who foster and adopt them.
This is why I am sharing a series of guest posts from Karl and Jessica Schneider. They regularly share their stories and photos on the Grouchy Puppy Facebook wall. I had wanted to have one or two of their dogs be a featured reader of the monthly newsletter, but then Karl sent me the most wonderful story of their journey into the world of senior dog adoption.
Their story is perfect for anyone interested in fostering or adopting a senior dog. It joyfully demonstrates the positive influence of a dog many times over. Last week they introduced Bobo and Jameson to the family.
Today is the final part of the 3-part series, and I hope their story has resonated with you as it has with me. I look forward to your comments.
Our Senior Dog Journey is Destined to Continue
by Karl and Jessica Schneider
We learned a lot about how dog relationships develop having Jameson, Addie Maye and Schnapps. Addie and Schnapps clearly deferred to Jameson, but he never abused his power. At that time, he was just happy to be with me whether I was in my office or working outside. The three of them never really played together, and since they were all different shapes and sizes, we couldn’t take them all walking together, but they developed quite a special dynamic. As you can see from this picture, Schnapps would curl up with Jameson, between his long legs. We have several pictures like that. Jameson was just such a kind and gentle soul.
Jameson left us that August. His body just couldn’t contain his spirit any longer, and I think he knew his family was in good hands with Addie Maye and Schnapps.
For a long time after that, it was just the two of them. They were building their relationship. They were also becoming the core of the family. Schnapps is the boss, and Addie does his bidding. When he barks in a certain way, she comes running. Also during that time, Schnapps had several health issues which caused him to be away from home for many days. Addie clearly missed her little buddy when he wasn’t around.
Schnapps made it through all of those challenges and made friends wherever he went. No matter what hospital he was at, he was always the most popular guy there. One of surgeries caused him to lose part of his lower right mandible. This causes his tongue to hang out all the time. He also has only two teeth left. Of course they’re the two lower front canines. None of these challenges stops him from doing whatever he wants. He eats and drinks just fine, although very sloppily.