Sometimes I get tagged in a post that just stop me in my tracks. Most of the time, these posts are of a bloody, mangled animal, but way too often they are dumped seniors.
If you know me well, you know that I have a huge soft spot for senior shelter pups. I cannot fathom a bigger betrayal than being dumped in the shelter as a senior. Whether relinquishing owners realize it or not, dumping a senior is literally a death sentence. Think about the people who are looking to adopt. Are they going to chose the cute, fluffy pups, or the 15 year old senior, whose bottom jaw has all but deteriorated, who is nearly blind, has a 3/5 heart murmur and is missing all of his teeth?
Please meet and welcome Otis to the SHF family. Otis was relinquished, and has all of the above mentioned ailments. His time remaining on this Earth will be short, however it will be spent amongst love, spoiling, a soft bed, a quiet room, guaranteed warm soft meals, and the company of other seniors who share his same betrayal. Here at Huey’s Second Chance Ranch, we put the past behind us (myself included), enjoy the present, and find hopefulness in our future.
As awful as Otis’ jaw was when I got him, it has gotten worse over the months he has been here. He eats shredded chicken soaked in gravy and he occasionally steals the senior kitties’ food, but I pretend like I don’t see it.
If I’m sitting on my bed, he is always in my lap. If I get up during the night, it doesn’t matter what time it is, this little nugget is always on the other side of the door waiting for me. If he’s not in bed with me, he sleeps holding his legs. I think he’s just the cutest 3 pounds that I’ve ever seen!
Otis is proof that it’s never too late to claim your second chance. I’m loving this boy every minute to make up for the betrayal of those who dropped him in the shelter because he was “old”. Truly, life isn’t about how you start the race, but how you finish it.
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