Before we adopted our dogs, I used to volunteer and foster dogs for a local rescue organization here in Los Angeles. Many of you know our pet owner profile of our dog Mr.Pink. We’re very happy shelter dog pet owners, as we got our dog Mr. Pink from this same rescue organization. We fostered Mr. Pink and a bunch of senior pets who were from our local shelter. They were all great dogs, but sadly were not getting adopted from the shelters because they were seniors.
Mr. Pink has come a long way from his days as a shelter dog and thankfully I managed to convince some friends to adopt the senior dogs I was fostering. All the dogs I fostered (including Mr. Pink) loved to eat Rachael Ray Nutrish in case you couldn’t tell from the picture above. Every Rachael Ray Nutrish food and treat recipe is made with simple ingredients like real meat and wholesome veggies, so they’re naturally delicious. I love that a portion of Rachael’s personal proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue to help animals in need.
Mr. Pink is getting to his senior years and you honestly couldn’t tell from the pictures as you can see. He still has all the energy of a dog half his age. We do have to always remind him he’s not the young pup he used to be. He can get hurt easier now that he’s older. If I didn’t have Mr. Pink and Chico and I was looking for a dog to adopt today, I would definitely adopt a senior dog. People don’t realize getting a puppy is so much harder than adopting a senior dog. Often times senior dogs come already potty trained and are amazing well behaved dogs. Puppies are babies and it’s like having a new baby in the house. They are so much more work. Lots of senior dogs were dogs that came from great homes. Sadly, the senior dogs I fostered came to me for a number of reasons. One being their pet parents tragically passed on and the others their pet parents simply couldn’t have them where they lived or lost their job and couldn’t afford to care for them any more.
There are some senior dogs that are simply abandoned by people who honestly don’t value the life of an animal, which is a sad reality. Senior pets need love too folks! If you’re thinking of adopting or buying a dog, you should really consider a senior dog. Maybe even try fostering one.
Fostering senior dogs really opened my eyes to just how closed minded I was and the lack of information I had about senior dogs. It’s sad how many people think older dogs are poorly behaved. It’s simply not true. The dogs were all amazing dogs and I wish I could have kept them all to myself, but I know my limitations. I’m thankful they all have amazing homes to live out their remaining years.
I don’t know what I would do with out my Mr. Pink. He’s just a fur ball of love!
Rachael Ray has her own rescue called Rachael’s Rescue. Rachael’s Rescue was created for all of the forgotten pets — the ones that might not have someone who loves them as much as you love your pet. 100% of Rachael’s personal proceeds from sales of Nutrish have gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for animals in need. For Rachael food equals love — whether she’s cooking a meal for friends or working with pet nutrition experts to create delicious recipes for your family’s furry companions.
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