Susie's Senior Dogs @susiesseniordogs avatarSusie's Senior Dogs

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"I rescued Rudy back in July of 2016, and it was one of the greatest decisions of my life.
I live on a county road in rural Missouri, and my neighbors said they had seen a German Shepherd walking along the road for a few weeks. One night, my boyfriend and I went looking for this dog just to give him some food and fresh water. We called and called and could not find him. About a week later, I turned onto the county road on a rainy night and Rudy was lying in the woods just off the road. He was trying to get out of the rain. I opened the car door and he came running.
After some love and visits to the vet, Rudy quickly became a member of the family and my first pet. Since then, we have had a serious bond. He is my shadow, my protector, and my loyal walking buddy. It is a major plus that he is house trained and knows basic manners. He was SO loyal to me from the beginning that finding a different home for him wasn’t even a thought. I ended up moving out of my parents’ home in order to keep him! The vet believes he is around 8 years old, and I wish I would have found him sooner. He is perfect. I have so much love for senior dogs and deeply respect anyone who opens their home to one. -Mollie" ❤️ #seniordog #foundlove #adoptdontshop

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“I adopted my first dog last September. I found out a little bit ago he has terminal cancer and isn't expected to live too much longer. At first I was so angry. I knew he was almost 12, but I'd only had him for 7 months. It wasn't fair! I want more time with him.

Now I realize that every day is a gift and I'm even more appreciative of every moment I get to spend with him. He is so lovely and happy, even while sick. He makes me smile and helps me remember to slow down and enjoy the little things.
I know I'll miss him when he goes, but I also know that once he's gone I'll be bringing another senior doggy into my house with no regrets. -Reb” ❤️ #seniordog #alwaysworthit #everymomentcounts #enjoyrightnow #adoptdontshop

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NEW YORK, NY: Adoptable Kensie is still up for adoption! This senior gal was estimated to be around 9 years old, but her age is up for debate (could she be 8? Or 7? Who knows!). Kensie is super, super friendly with all dogs and people and will make a great match for someone looking for an easygoing companion who still has a fair amount of energy for activities. Kensie is a no-experience-necessary kinda lover gal and she is eager to find her forever home soon! PLEASE SHARE!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 @PupStarzRescue wrote, "Kensie is the queen of cuddling. She is such a sweet, happy-go-lucky kind of gal with an adorable wiggle butt that can’t help but make anyone smile who meets her.
She may be 9 years old, but Kensie does not act her age. Kensie LOVES to go for walks, and says hello to passerby’s, people and pups alike! She is crate trained, quiet in the household, and potty trained! Kensie is being fostered with another smaller senior pup (who is a little cranky at first) and they have fast become best friends. She’s not only stunning with her perfect brindle coat, but is even more beautiful on the inside. Her foster mom raves about her as does anyone that meets her. Full of kisses and cuddles, what’s not to love?!" Kensie has had a total #geriatric workup at the vet and she is overall healthy. She weighs 47lbs. She has good bloodwork and will be scheduled for a full #dental prior to her adoption - another bonus for both Kensie AND her forever family!
Kensie is currently being fostered in #Manhattan, #NYC with @tinycowbigcity. She can be adopted in the tri-state (or nearby) area, however, adopters MUST come meet her and adopt in NYC.

To adopt Kensie, please email with any questions or to apply. (Adoption application is required!) ❤️ #seniordog #brindle #angel #newyork #adopt #adoptme #adoptdontshop

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Just a friendly good morning from Sara the senior dog • the pit bull • and also the best dog ever!!! 😬🇺🇸😍 #pitbullpeople #pitbull #seniordog #memorialdayweekend #adoptdontshop

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"This is the story of Gert. In December of 2017, a very overbred mama #pitbull with cropped ears and a bunch of tumors was dropped off at the NYCACC. In January 2018, she was pulled by @mrbonesandco in NYC and I went to pick her up from the shelter intending to be her temporary foster mom.
We soon discovered she had an old ACL injury and stairs would be tough, so she became our long-term foster. We expected to have a slow-moving, quiet old dog who would enjoy some snacks and naps. Well, True Blue (as was her name at the shelter) was NOT what we were expecting. From her first day she fell in love with her foster siblings and would run after them, wrestling with them, and playing tug.

We continued the search for her forever home until a scheduled dental surgery was denied, as the doctors felt her cancer was progressing, and oral surgery was too risky. After a long discussion with her rescue, we decided Gertrude (as she would now be called) was already home, with us and her sisters. She loves us (especially her dad) so much, and she lays by the door and moans whenever he leaves for even one minute. But she really loves her sisters. They are truly keeping her young. We never thought Pig would love another large female dog in the long term, but she loves Gert so, so much, she wiggles out of her mind and fairly launches herself at her every time they reunite after any time apart (like during a nap). She cleans her whole body as if Gert were her baby. It’s almost like she’s saying I can tell you had a rough life, let me take care of you now.

After adopting our 3 year old with crazy anxiety and our 8 month old puppy foster in 2015 and 2017, we never cease to wonder at what an amazing dog Gert is. She is so calm, patient, sweet, nonreactive, loving, and wonderful. She's never had an accident in the house, and she takes treats so gently, and she is 100% perfect on leash (except if she sees her enemy, a cat). We keep saying that we will only foster and adopt seniors from now on! (We'll help whoever needs it, but seriously, seniors are AMAZING!) Love,
Sam, Eric, @pigpenthepittie, LooseSeal, and Granny Gator Gert" ❤️ #seniordog #thegoodlife

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(near) MIAMI, FL: Jake and Jill went up the hill to the shelter...and FIVE years later they are still there! 😭 Why, you ask? No reason other than nobody has adopted them. Jake and Jill are dog friendly and kid approved! Five years is way to long in a shelter for ANY dog. Many people are "checking out" for this holiday weekend, but we're going to aim for a miracle that perhaps someone will decide a #holidayweekend is the perfect time to bring home two very loving, very deserving senior angels...PLEASE SHARE! 😭😭 @bornfreepetshelter wrote, "Jill and Jake are medium sized dogs who were adopted out from our shelter as puppies. However, after 5 years their owner became ill and was no longer able to keep them. And they were returned them to our shelter. Jake and Jill have been in the shelter another 5 years. They are now 10 years old.
Jake and Jill haven't received any interest at all. It's very sad to hear, they are so sweet and loving. We cannot understand. It's really hard for us to find people who wants to adopt #olderdogs.
They are both are even-tempered, friendly, laid back and sweet dogs. Jill is the outgoing one of the two, Jake is more calm but also very sweet. They are both very good with other dogs and kids. These two are such a great pair. They are super well mannered and well behaved that you will be happy to have them around. They are #brotherandsister and it would be great if they were adopted together. When they are together they are inseparable, they like to stay close to each other. They are happy dogs who love attention. Jake loves head scratches and Jill will demand belly rubs.
Jill had an injury in two of her legs last year but she had surgery and is fine now. She needs to lose a lot of weight and once she does she will be able to walk better. Other than that, Jake and Jill are both healthy.

It's a small shelter so transport is not available - adopters will need to drive to the shelter to adopt Jake and Jill in person." To adopt Jake and Jill, please email with questions, set up a meet & greet, or to request an application!

@bornfreepetshelter is located in #Homestead, #FL. ❤️ #seniordog #bondedpair #miami

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In memory of our late Moby!! This was from an adventurous weekend we had together in early summer 2016 in Vermont. Moby was very sick (he had liver failure) and we only had one year together, but.... oh the memories we made together! 😍☀️❤️ To anyone who has adopted a #seniordog and had to say goodbye to him or her more quickly than you thought you would, please be encouraged that each and every single day together matters and counts. Truly, it does! No matter how many or few days you have together, the true gift of adopting a senior dog is about making their last days, months or years on earth the ones that matter the most. Whether it is by giving them peaceful snuggles on the couch, or sandy beach days, or sweaty uphill's because of those moments that they can take their happiness, and your love, with them to the Rainbow Bridge. 🌈
Adopting a senior dog is an amazing, rewarding and fulfilling journey. And yes, while it is a "feel good" choice for us humans to be able to gift them a happily-ever-after ending, ultimately these older babes are the ones who are giving to us. All of my seniors have given me more love than I can ever give them. Anyone who has adopted a senior pet can relate.
The best parts of the short year we had with Moby were experiencing so many "firsts" together. It was a fast year, but an amazing year. We don't know what Moby's life was exactly like before he became a part of our family, but I can say with confidence he lived his last year of life the best he possibly could.
If you have any reservations in adopting an older pet, I encourage you to sit closely with your emotions. It is a big decision, and one to be thought out responsibly, but I can only promise you that falling in love with a senior dog is a decision you will never regret. Never, ever. 💕🐾 #mobywenttoheaven #seniordogs #love #adoption #adoptdontshop

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“Last July, I was scrolling through Facebook when I saw a post from Susie's Senior Dogs stating in all caps: ‘ATTENTION NEW YORKERS!’ with a post featuring the sweetest Cocker Spaniel face I've ever seen. My husband and I had been talking about getting a second dog to keep our 13 year old King Charles Spaniel company and we knew a puppy would be too much energy for him. I can't say what it was exactly, but as soon as I saw Gary's picture, I knew we had to meet him. I forwarded the post to my husband, and he immediately agreed. A week later, he was ours!
When we first took Gary home, we learned we had taken on what our vet called ‘a bit of a project.’ Gary was covered in infected hotspots that were resistant to antibiotics and causing him intense pain and itching. Anywhere he didn't have hotspots, his skin was red, flaky, and breaking out in hives. We later found out Gary has severe allergies and had probably been fed food his entire life that was exacerbating his allergies, poor guy. Given his discomfort, Gary was understandably standoffish, lethargic, and a little sad. After many weeks of TLC--medicated baths every other day, antibiotics in spray, cream, and oral form--Gary was a different dog. We really couldn't believe it. He became our best friend, made friends with other dogs at the park, rediscovered his love for the tennis ball, and loved bolting down the hiking trail. This guy became my second sidekick and is a testament to how much life, love, and vitality senior dogs still offer. (Don't get us wrong, he definitely knows how to hang and loves nothing more than a fluffy bed or pillow). Here we are almost a year later. We truly cannot remember life before Gary, and we are so grateful to Susie's Senior Dogs and @ShelterChic for bringing him to us!! All the best,
Ariel and Jacob” ❤️ #seniordog #foundlove #adopted #alwaysworthit #adoptdontshop

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“About two years ago I had to put down my last of 3 dogs. I had always bought puppies and pedigreed dogs. However, I knew this time I wanted to adopt a dog because so many people I talked to said how a rescue dog is different, that they know they have been given a 2nd chance.
So I started my search for a rescue dog which took no time to find my Cooper. He had been rescued from a situation where he was tied to a car bumper most days. He was underweight, had terrible teeth and a host of issues but after seeing him I didn’t care. I knew he was for me.
When I first met him it was in a kennel that had a sea of barking dogs and roaming cats. The noise was deafening. He just sat there in the middle of all the chaos looking so sad. However, I knew that day I would not leave without him.
I immediately adopted Cooper and started addressing his health concerns and it has been a pure blessing. The first thing I did for him was take him to a chiropractic vet to have his stiff neck addressed. He is so much better now after being treated with adjustments. He has arthritis, sheds like mad, acts like a dud but he is so full of love I don’t know what I would do without him. He is afraid of cats, dogs, storms, rain, & the wind but ring the doorbell and he acts like he would challenge Godzilla. He is a hog on our sofa and if you dare take his spot you will get stared at until you kindly move.

The joy Cooper brings is indescribable. When I get home from work at night he greets me at the door with a full on smile of dog teeth & if he’s tired I get a half smile which looks just like Elvis. When I leave for work in the morning he looks out the window watching me leave. He’s sweet, kind and funny. Everything you want in a friend. Even my husband who is quite picky about animals would tell you he is the best dog ever.
So my little (now 70 pound) friend went from being tied to a car bumper most days to walking, & some days trying to run, on 9 acres. My husband jokes he went from homeless to a leather sofa & will never give it up. Everything I have is his, he knows it. That’s quite alright. It is his place, I tell him everyday. I’d do it all over again. -Donna” ❤️ #seniordog

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(near) CHARLESTON, WV: 8 year old CJ is looking for someone who is looking to make a real difference in a homeless dog's life. For most of his years, CJ lived on a chain in a backyard. He was finally surrendered to the shelter...but that was a year ago. He's never left. 😪 CJ loves to be around people and soaking up attention. He's never had the experience of living in a home with someone who enjoys his companionship. This is his 3rd feature on SSD and CJ is hoping his story will finally reach that one special person who will change his life. PLEASE SHARE! 🔆🔆🔆 Raleigh County Humane Society wrote, "CJ is still at the shelter and he's had no inquiries at all. He is 8 years old and weighs 55 pounds. He was originally adopted from our shelter but he was brought back after several years. Unfortunately, CJ lived outside on a chain for a long time. His ears are scarred up from fly bites, but his personality is his best feature and makes you not even see his scars. He is always grinning and is eager to be with people!

CJ can definitely live in harmony with another dog if they are they type to leave him alone. He would do better in a home with calm dogs - he does not play. And he does not take correction well from other dogs. His behavior in playgroups has been zero play. He just wanders amongst the other dogs and enjoys being outside and keeping to himself. He cannot live with cats (as they are fun to chase). CJ is your typical old man and would prefer not to have children lean on him or rough house with him. He really deserves an indoor home to live out his golden years.

We have a two page adoption application. After it is filled out, our adoption counselor looks over it, and verifies that any current pets are up to date on vaccines. We do adopt out of county, and out of state. Transport is regularly available to Staunton, VA, and to as far north as Plymouth Meeting, PA, once a month." To adopt CJ, please email with any questions or to submit your application.

@hsrcadopt is located at 325 Grey Flats Road, #Beckley, #WestVirginia. ❤️ #seniordog #adoptme #searchingforlove #soulmate #betterlatethannever #adoptdontshop

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Super thrilled for 11 year old Pinky and 8 year old Rose! With some teamwork with @fosterdogs NYC, these two seniors ladies found freedom and left the @nycacc this morning! (Check out SSD ‘stories’ for more pics and vids!) Both Pinky and Rose will go right to #foster care and both will receive all the vet care they need (“the works” as we say 😬). Pinky was purchased from a pet shop 11 years ago and surrendered when her owner’s personal health issues became a problem in properly for caring for Pinky. We believe Pinky was loved, but perhaps isolated, and she is very fearful and timid with new people. But she has a very sweet heart underneath that nervousness. She hasn’t received vet care in a long time. She has very overgrown nails and all of her teeth are rotting. (And we’ll see what else the vet says upon thorough examination.) Pinky does warm up relatively quickly and we are absolutely certain she will blossom in a home again. 💕 Rose was also surrendered to the shelter by her owner due to the landlord saying she couldn’t stay. After being pulled, Rose went into foster care (with @luckypapayas) and will also be fully vetted prior to adoption. She is described as “painfully sweet” - and that she is!! Rose is super friendly with people and dogs and will make a wonderful, low key companion. She would be perfect for a first time adopter. Both Pinky and Rose are up for adoption with @FOSTERDOGS <— follow them to continue the journey with Pinky and Rose! These two are both in need of a forever home and we can’t wait to see their futures’ unfold! ❤️ #seniordog #fosterdogs #nyc #animalshelter #adoptdontshop

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(near) GREEN BAY, WI: After nine years of abuse and neglect, Marley was finally saved by the local animal control because his case was bad enough to warrant an official rescue. Marley's story is extreme. And this senior fella needs someone who will understand he is a perfect pup who has a broken past. Marley is scared of men and other dogs. He is looking to be the only pet at home, but he can live with men if they will simply give him time to trust he will never, ever, ever be hurt again. Once that happens, this boy blooms! We so want to help Marley find his perfect-for-him forever home. PLEASE SHARE! 🌹🌹 @fetchwirescue wrote, "Marley hasn't always known love. He was first brought into Fetch Wisconsin Rescue as a neglect case through local animal control. He was extremely malnourished, flea-ridden, and covered in skin infections. He and his brother had been forced to fight for their food, and had some cigarette burns. Marley was too sick to even be vaccinated, and spent several months getting healthy before he could be neutered and brought up to date.

Now that he's healthy, Marley is looking forward to finding his forever loving home. He enjoys being outside, and a big yard with a fence would be ideal for him. He is an old man at heart. He loves to be pet (especially his belly!) lay by the fireplace or in the sun, and rests for most of the day. He is potty trained and can hold it about 5 hours before he needs to be let out.
Marley isn't fond of male strangers and gets overwhelmed with loud noises and lots of action. He'd do best in a calm environment with a laid back family. He's reactive on walks towards other dogs (but he definitely is making progress), and also because of his previous fighting with his brother, Marley should go to a family where he can thrive as the only pet.
Marley is being fostered in #Appleton, #Wisconsin. He weighs 45 pounds. If you're interested in meeting Marley, please fill out an application. Adopters will be expected to undergo a home visit and then meet him in his foster home prior to adoption." To adopt Marley, please email with any questions or to apply! ❤️ #seniordog #needslove #TLC #adoptdontshop

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