Project Golden Years
Project golden years is a program run by Rugaz Rescue that looks to, specifically, give senior dogs another chance.
On the surface, this seems like a pretty cool program, right?
Well, before we get to that, let me tell you a quick story to prepare you for what I’m going to tell you…
I remember the first time I ever accompanied my fiance to animal services. We had been doing rescue for about 2 years at that point, and I was acutely aware, or I thought I was, of what I would be witnessing when we walked into the “runs”, which consisted of about 20 sets of 3 x 6 kennels, made of cinder block on 3 sides, with a chain link gate facing the walkway that went down through the middle of run.
I couldn’t have been less prepared.
I knew how many there would be, and I knew they would whine, but I didn’t account for their eyes. The sadness, the desperateness in their eyes, literally, hurt. My breath caught in my chest and I was temporarily anchored to the spot two steps past the entrance of the run.
It was difficult to continue, but I did. I remember thinking about the dogs that had been surrendered by their families for whatever reason. What they must be feeling, how confused they must be.
Many of those dogs, the ones that have been surrendered by their owners, are in the twilight of their lives and they will spend those waning moments in that place…
So, on the surface, project golden years is great. But, more importantly, it gives these dogs a shot at a loving family with which to spend the rest of their lives instead of cold linoleum and sadness
Tristan was a member of project Golden Years. For some reason, which is beyond me, not one single application, email, Facebook message, or carrier pigeon came inquiring after him. Until James and his family, that is.
These people, these amazing, kind-hearted, angels on earth, adopted Tyson(aka Tristan) and gave him an amazing last few months of his life(he was diagnosed with Lymphoma shortly after adoption)
When James emailed the rescue looking to adopt another senior, unbeknownst to me, the directors of rescue were jumping over each other to find them a dog. In dog rescue, families like James’ are a rarity, so the ladies running the rescue have a special place in their heart for them.
As much as I hated admitting it, circumstances were not conducive to us keeping Hapi. He needed a place where he could be the only dog being trained, and really just the only dog in general, but he also needed to finish his convalescence following his heartworm treatment.
This basically left us, and Hapi, up a creek, so to speak. He couldn’t go somewhere that we didn’t trust, he had to stay in his crate 90% of the time here, and that was that. Or so I thought(again)
Special thanks to Bullymake Box(affiliate link) for providing us with November box and opportunity to give it to Hapi free of charge! I highly recommend trying them out(use code 4DAALL at checkout for 10$ off your first box)