For the full story, you can read it HERE. My husband, Cassidy, had been casually (or not casually) perusing photos of dogs in need of rescue and he fell in love with a young Husky/Basenji mix puppy who had been given a rough start to her life. Luckily through a wonderful rescue organization and foster family experience, he went to pick Athena up in Vermont one chilly morning last March. We thought he was at work. Both kids were sick. Cassidy suddenly pulled into the driveway, ran into the house, and called for me to get my camera to photograph a supposed dent on his car. There was no dent. He was not at work.
And that is how we became rescue pet owners. The process was similar when we got our cats, although not as surprising since I was in on it. We have found the greatest love in our dog Athena, and we are so thankful every day that we rescued her, and she rescued us too. We have incredible times with her in the garden, and with snuggling, and at our town’s wonderful and adventurous dog park. Our five-year-old takes an active part in the dog’s care and training, and we hope for the same for our two-year-old eventually. We are now avid rescue pet owners and supporters. We took a chance on her and she took one on us.
Rescuing a dog is a continuous and intense life experience. November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and together with Rachael Ray Nutrish, I wanted to highlight ten reasons to adopt a senior pet. Even though our Athena is a puppy, I would adopt any pet that fit into our family and our hearts, and that needs the warm home we can provide. I am ALWAYS on the lookout.
1. You just may save its life, since older dogs are more likely to be euthanized before younger dogs at crowded shelters.
2. Senior dogs tend to be more mellow than younger dogs, and would love to nap and cuddle for most of the day!
3. Senior dogs usually come to your home, already trained and with an understanding of at least basic commands.
4. And if not, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Dogs can be trained at any age, and older dogs have better attention spans.
5. Senior dogs are less likely to chew on your shoes and toys!
6. Senior dogs have a tremendous amount of love to give, and will be your best friend for life.
7. Senior dogs are often overlooked for adoption.
8. Senior dogs have a lot of gratitude for their rescuers, and will reward them with unwavering devotion.
9. Senior dogs are less likely to have “accidents” in the house.
10. They will make incredible companions, snuggle buddies, workout partners and friends.
Rachael’s Rescue was created for all of the forgotten pets who need someone to love them, as much as you love your pet. 100% of Rachael’s personal proceeds from Nutrish sales have gone toward medical supplies, food and treatment for animals in need. Food equals love to Rachael – whether she’s cooking a meal for friends or working with pet nutrition experts to create delicious recipes for your family pets. Every food and treat recipe is made with real meat and wholesome vegetables.