'When I first met Molly, I said ‘If I was to adopt a dog, it'd be one exactly like her’. She was obviously old, greying, walked with a limp, had a crooked ear, but still had a sweet look on her gentle, dopey face.
She was first handed into Dogs Trust at the end of October 2016. She was 13, deaf, suffering from arthritis, spondylosis (a spine condition), an ear infection, was so weak that she could barely walk, and she was overweight. She wasn't housetrained, and didn't know how to play with toys. Because of her condition, and her age, she was placed into foster care with myself and my girlfriend on the 10th November.
With the right medication, and lots of love, over a few weeks her arthritis eased up to the point where she could run, her ear infection cleared up completely, her coat became brighter and less dry, she lost her extra weight, and she even learned to toilet outside. She was walked for the first time in years, and we bought her what was possibly her first teddy (which we named Benny). During this time she fitted into our life more and more each day, and we couldn't imagine not having her again, so on 19th December, we officially adopted her. A year on and she has recently celebrated her 14th birthday with lots of presents and cake, and we're really proud of how far she's come in her first year with us. Since adopting her, Molly has been diagnosed with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (dementia). Despite this, she's become more confident around us, other people, and even other dogs. She's learned how to play, and she's even impressed us by accepting our adopted cat Morgan (who is 13 and a half with similar health issues) into our home. Although she is obviously older, it just means that we cherish our time with her even more, and we're grateful of the chance to share our home with a senior in need of somewhere loving to spend their twilight years.
Before Molly, I'd always wanted to adopt an older dog, and to actually do it has been an amazing experience. Many people overlook older dogs in rehoming centres in favour of younger ones, for various reasons, many of those reasons unfair. Any younger dog that you adopt will be older itself one day, but will still get much more interest than the older dogs. Why not consider adopting an older dog, and give an amazing end of life to a lovely dog, so deserving of it. I always say that it's not about the quantity of the time that you have with them, it's about the quality. Keeton Hill