Adopting an Oldie – read our story
In July 2015 we went to a Waggy Tails Meeting at Parley Hall ready to have an introduction to all the dogs needing a new home. We weren’t sure we were quite ready to adopt a dog but wanted to start the process.
As soon as we arrived the yellow Waggy Tails van appeared in the car park and a moment later Ella the wire haired dachshund hopped out of the van and straight into our hearts! It was love at first sight. We stayed for the meeting and met Ella properly – finding out that she was 10 years old didn’t matter a jot. We were advised that Ella was ‘rather rotund and enjoys short walks’ – an apt description at the time! However with carrots replacing (some) biscuits and a steady increase in exercise Ella again had a bounce in her paws and a new lease of life. She welcomed every day , every person and every experience with a wag and , we are convinced, a smile. What a wonderful philosophy to live by and one we have tried to emulate.
We had 3 and a half beautiful years with our darling girl and would not change a thing. We were heartbroken when her time came to pass but the love and support received by family, friends and Waggy Tails helped us each day. The constant message of love we heard was that we had given Ella a golden time in her older years and that she was one lucky pooch
We feel we are the lucky ones and our luck,it seems, continues as we then met Benji the Jack Russell Cross at the January 2019, Waggy Tails Meeting. He was bundled up in a big blue coat so we could not see how teeny he was, but we could see he had twinkly eyes and perky little ears – what a sweetie. When we heard Benji was 11 we knew we had to have him! So, Benji became our boy at the end of January 2019 and has become a much loved addition to our family. Benji has no idea he is an ‘older’ dog – evident by the way he flings himself down the stairs so as not to miss out on any fun, how he has worked out he can reach the dining room table through some daredevil climbing and in the way he pulls a perfect ‘begging’ pose if he feels he is not the centre of attention! With Benji we walk , laugh and play every day – it is a joy and good for the soul.
We would highly recommend adopting a pet who has already had some life experience . They can teach you their funny ways as they get used to yours. It is an honour to be entrusted with any pooch in need of a new start in life but to be able to offer this to an older dog is even more precious.
We have been doubly blessed with older Waggy Tails Pooches and hope that you will be too.
Hannah & David