A few years ago, a quick Petfinder search led me to Be Fidos’ Friend, a Chicago rescue. Within a few minutes, I got a call from one of the founders, Tiffany. She was so lovely, and I told her what I was looking for: a senior schnauzer. Little did I know, Tiffany would be the perfect person to contact- she had a senior schnauzer of her own and a soft spot for senior dogs. We talked about BFF’s foster-to-adopt program which landed me with 3 incredibly loving dogs. Over the course of the year, BFF worked hard to find their furever homes.
A few short days after my last foster dog, Ellie, was adopted, Tiffany gave me a call to gush over a new foster: a white, senior schnauzer. Mickey arrived at my door before the end of the night. The first night he arrived at my place, he sat by the door and howled for hours. That was the first and last time I’ve ever heard Mickey howl.
I “made it official” and announced that I wanted to adopt Mick at BFF’s Valentine’s Day fundraiser. (Mick had been working the kissing booth, and I couldn’t bear the thought that he would need to change homes another time).
It’s been almost 2 years since I first met Mickey. In this short time, Mickey has lost 10 pounds and gained a love for long walks. He’s taken long car rides and run on the beach. He’s strutted his stuff at a fashion show and learned a new trick: the fist bump. He’s celebrated his 12th birthday at his favorite neighborhood (dog-friendly!) bar, and he’s learned how to steal the attention away from anyone in room. He is the most gentle, lovable, and loyal dog. I am truly grateful to have Mick in my life, and I am a strong believer that senior dogs are the best!
Thanks for adopting a senior pet, Katie! We’re glad to hear Mickey has such a great life with you.
Are you thinking of adopting? Consider a senior pet for National Senior Pet Month (and all year!).