Last month, we lost our senior dog friend, Dwight. For the 7 months he was in our care, though, he was showered in love and kindness by adoption center staff and his foster parents.
“I bonded with him quickly when he first came in,” says Rhi, who works in Brother Wolf’s kennel. “He was so affectionate despite the physical ailments he was dealing with even back then. He would often flop over when I walked him, and I swear half of the time he did it intentionally in order to get belly rubs. He loved them.”
“Even though he struggled to get up and stand because of his arthritis,” Rhi remembers, “he loved to stand right at the door of his run and look at us with his huge brown eyes, begging to be loved on! Once I entered his run, he’d always waddle over and push his head into my chest and lounge in my lap.”
Dwight wasn’t at the adoption center for very long before he was sent to a foster home with a woman named Kelcie. “As most boxers are, he was very loyal,” she says. “He wanted to be in my lap. But if that wasn’t possible, he was always right by my side. He was very gentle and laid back.”
Being a senior dog with arthritis didn’t always slow Dwight down. “He would have occasional moments of excitement where he hopped around like a bunny.” Kelcie says. “He couldn’t really run around like a younger dog, because of his arthritis, so he would hop around when he got excited about going outside.” During his time in foster, Kelcie was able to pinpoint some other things that excited Dwight too. “We never knew a lot about his history,” she says, “but he loved to play ball when he was feeling good. He also got very excited about trucks, so that must have been a good part of his past.”
Earlier this year, Dwight was chosen as a finalist for the Senior Dog Prom, hosted by The Grey Muzzle, an organization that “improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide”. Though he didn’t win, we’re thrilled that thousands of people got to see his sweet face. Plus, we got some very dapper photographs of him out of the deal!
“Fostering Dwight at the end of his life was a hard but special experience,” Kelcie says. “I have lost my own senior dogs in the past and it was a similar experience. For whatever reason, he was torn from his home at 12 years old. It’s important to have that awareness that senior dogs suddenly end up at shelters for whatever reason, away from everything they have ever known. I’m so happy that Brother Wolf will rescue seniors and give dogs like Dwight a chance.”
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