Calie is a remarkable older pup who is truly young at heart. She is heading toward her 13th year but you would never know it by her approach to life. She can’t walk as far or as fast as the younger set but her spirit is spry and sprightly. She never misses a chance to go for a stroll or a car ride.
Calie spent about 6.5 years outside in a pen before coming into foster care. It was heartbreaking to see her hesitate at the door as if she was questioning whether or not was she was really allowed to come inside. I thought it might take months or at least weeks for her to adjust. It actually took only a few days until she had the whole scheme of things figured out and quickly settled in to our routine. She maintains her interest in nosing around in waste baskets and even looking in pocketbooks for paper to chew but a few quirks aside she is a delightful house guest.
Calie has very few of the lumps and bumps often associated with an older dog. She does take a joint health supplement to help ease her stiffness and also receives soloxine to manage her low thyroid. Sounds like many of my friends…canine and human.
Her foster sister and brother welcomed her and Calie seems to be happy to be part of our pack. I’m sure too that she would thrive being an only dog. She loves attention and will seek out any opportunity to nudge a hand her way for some petting. We have discovered that Calie is not a big fan of puppies. She is ordinarily so good natured that it is surprising to know that she really thinks that puppies need to maintain their distance. Thankfully she is very tolerant of human youngsters and enjoys supervised visits when the kiddos come to visit.
None of us know the plan for our life journey. If you have the heart to share yours with an amazing older gal and have an approved Goldheart application on file please contact firstname.lastname@example.org I will be glad to share what I’ve learned about life from my experience with Calie. She truly is an inspiration.