Meet Toad. His real name is Arthur but the nickname Toad was given to him by his foster mom and well, the name just kind of stuck. Arthur was one of those stories that make you wonder how someone could dump a senior dog. He was found chained up to a tree, up a deserted logging road. If a kind woman had not happened to be hiking there, he likely would have starved to death. Instead he wound up at the Duncan SPCA and then came to Bully Buddies. He was in poor shape- very skinny, his coat was terrible, and arthitis was plaguing his spine and legs. However, like a typical bull breed, his spirits were anything but down and out- he LOVED life!
Well fast forward a year, and Arthur the Toad is a healthy weight, looks great, and best of all is no longer affected by arthitis! He runs around like the young stallion he truly believes himself to be. He has an amazing and committed family who adore his silly antics. His mom Cheryl volunteers with Bully Buddies and logged her volunteer hours. Her employer, Coast Capital Savings, generously matches their employees volunteer hours with a financial donation! Hence the foundation of Toad's Fountain of Youth Fund. Every senior Pit Bull deserves to find a home as stellar as Arthur the Toads!
1. Older dogs are housetrained. You won't have to go through the difficult stage(s) of teaching a puppy house manners and mopping/cleaning up after accidents.
2. Older dogs are not teething puppies, and won't chew your shoes and furniture while growing up.
3. Older dogs can focus well because they've mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly.
4. Older dogs have learned what "no" means. If they hadn't learned it, they wouldn't have gotten to be "older" dogs.
5. Older dogs settle in easily, because they've learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.
6. Older dogs are good at giving love, once they get into their new, loving home. They are grateful for the second chance they've been given.
7. What You See Is What You Get: Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. Puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first.
8. Older dogs are instant companions -- ready for hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do.
9. Older dogs leave you time for yourself, because they don't make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young dogs do.
10. Older dogs let you get a good night's sleep because they're accustomed to human schedules and don't generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.
Cross-posted from the Senior Dogs Project
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Chester is a wonderful older gentleman who came to Bully Buddies with a skin condition and a badly infected post-neuter site that required further surgery. Thankfully he has now healed up well thanks to the wonderful care of his foster family and is ready for a permanent home of his very own.
Here are some pictures of some senior dogs that have been through the Bully Buddies program.
Bailey- RIP Billy
Beatrice- RIP Mae West
Ella- RIP Oscar Meyer
Etta- RIP Zena
Alice- RIP Arthur Brutus- RIP
Boo Bear- RIP Yogi the Bear- RIP
Blue- RIP Silver- RIP and Fergie
Tucker- RIP Tibbs- RIP