Penny For Your Thoughts

Yesterday two of my friends helped their beloved pets cross over the bridge.

Mrs. Taleteller had her beloved Blueberry for 11 years, she has a beautiful tribute to Blue on her page today.

My facebook friend Tamara, helped her Hannah cross the bridge last evening.

Both of these dogs were well-loved, well-taken care of family pets.  Sadly their quality of life had changed and their owners with hearts full of love, helped ease their pain.  It is a wonderful, unselfish gift to be able to ease the pain of those we love, despite the fact our hearts will ache in the process.

My heart goes out to both of my friends who are missing their pets today.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope that you will find peace and comfort knowing your pets are pain-free.

Run fast, Run free Blueberry.

Run fast, Run free Hannah Marie.

Sadly there are so many animals in shelters whose lives will end, at the hands of a stranger because there is no room at the shelter and no-one wants an older pet.

Dogs like Penelope.

Looking at her sweet face just about breaks my heart.

Looking at her sweet face just about breaks my heart.


Penelope’s story is a sad one.  At 10-years-old she and her litter of puppies were dropped off at a high-kill shelter in the south.  Her owner’s signed the papers that should have ended her life.  “We don’t want her or her puppies, we’re tired of having dogs and anyway she’s old.”  And they left her.

Poor Penelope cuddled her puppies close, trying to protect them.  She was scared and confused and had no idea of where she was or what was happening.

But there is good news.  All of Penelope’s puppies were adopted and one of the shelter workers contacted a Lab Rescue and convinced them to pull Penelope.  As the rescue worker slipped a leash on her, Penelope licked their hand in gratitude.  You can find more about Penelope on her Petfinder page.

Penelope is currently in Lebanon, CT, if you are interested in helping Penelope spend her remaining years loved and cherished, you can contact (Laurie.)

Please share Penelope on your social media networks and help her find the home she deserves.

Thank you to Lisa at Dogs N Pawz for Tuesday’s Tails, blog hop.

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  1. says

    Wow, I’m so sorry for the loss of Blueberry and Hannah. I feel sick for Penelope. One of my sisters adopted an older cat last summer and he too passed away over the weekend. One of the things we are all grateful is that he had someone who loved him with him at the end. I am having a difficult time understanding how people can just turn in their senior dogs. Of course I’ll be sharing Penelope and hoping someone adopts her.

  2. says

    . The nerve of this immoral dog to inconvenience them with a litter of puppies. I sure hope she finds someone she deserves to love her.

  3. Sue says

    You’ve got me bawling like a baby this morning, Jodi! Between your friends’ dogs and Penelope, I’m gonna need at least 2 more tissues!
    Penelope’s story is so typical down here that it makes me sick to my stomach. Don’t get me wrong — there are a lot of folks down here who love their pets as much as you & I love our furry kids; but there are so many more like Penelope’s former owners. I’m glad that shelter worker was able to convince the rescue group to pull her and give her a second chance! And that the puppies were all adopted!

  4. says

    Thank you for your kind words about Miss Blue!

    I can’t understand people bailing on a dog because of their own irresponsibility! It’s not a mystery where puppies come from. Hopefully, it’s the start of her finding a home where she can really enjoy her senior years!

  5. says

    Yesterday was an awful day for dogs…Blueberry and a friend of ours also had to put their Great Dane down. What a sad day, so many tears shed by mom.

  6. says

    Oh bless we sure hope she finds a loving forever home for the rest of her years. What nasty people who just dumped her and her pups. Really horrid. Our paws are crossed for and so good to hear the puppies were homed. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  7. says

    I just read about sweet Blueberry :( and I’m sorry for your friend Tamara’s loss – I miss my girl every single day.

    Stories like Penelope’s break my heart – what kind of heartless person disposes of their senior dog because it is inconvenient? She deserves much better and I hope she finds it.

  8. says

    I read about Blueberry earlier this morning. So sad about both Blue and Hannah. And your story about Penelope about broke my heart. How can people be so cruel? I certainly hope she finds a good and loving home really soon.

  9. says

    Our city shelter runs a fantastic program to pair senior dogs with senior citizens–very low adoption fees, and assistance with the dog’s medical bills. The lower-energy dogs are better company than a rowdy puppy. I wish it were more common.

  10. says

    So sad about Blueberry and Hanna. Penelope has such a sweet loving face. She reminds me of our Shiloh. All I have to say is people sure do suck at times. How awful to give up your senior dog. I hope she finds a home to spend the rest of her days in where she will be loved like she deserves. Thanks for joining the blog hop!

  11. says

    I am so sorry for your friends who lost their loves but so glad they were loved and had their people with them until the end.

    I am very heart sick for poor Penelope, one for the irresponsible owners allowing a senior dog to become pregnant, 10 years old and having puppies, really and then to just leave her like that. Sounds like it did end up with a happy ending though.

  12. fallconsmate says

    my little girl Shadow came to us as a rescue, a 5 year old veteran of a puppy mill, who’d lived her life in a cage. it took her 4 months to BARK, one single bark. (she still is a fairly silent girl, except for in the car…she whines!)

    she woke me up when i was having a very low blood sugar episode. i rescued her, she saved my life. she has a forever home here, indeed.

    bless the people who loved hannah and blueberry SO much that they let them go. that’s a terrible decision to have to make, but the best pet owners DO.

  13. says

    Oh Jodi,

    Penelope’s story made my Mum cry, how can people do that? A senior dog is the perfect gift for lots of people, we’ve shared and hopefully she’ll find her forever home really soon….

    Big wags,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  14. says

    I’m very behind… writing and reading… so I hadn’t heard about Blueberry yet. My heart is just broken for her.
    I’m so sorry to hear about your friend Tamara’s Hannah as well.
    I was brimming with tears about Penelope, that poor sweet soul. I’ll save the ugly words I have for her former people. Then I was so relieved to hear that she went to rescue. From reading her Petfinder page, I can tell that she is in a wonderful foster home that is giving her all the love she deserves while she waits for a furever home.
    Bless her heart… I will definitely share her.

  15. says

    Im so sorry for the lost of your friends dogs. I cant imagine abandoning an older dog, I worry constantly about the time I have left with my old dogs, not an evening passes that I dont think about the fact that another day with them is over. I recently read about an 18 year old dog anandoned at the nyc city sheter and the website shows dozens of old dogs so obviously this is a common problem. Its just so sad

    urban hounds

  16. says

    So sorry for your friends loss. They have my deepest sympathy, hopefully one day another special pet will come into their lives. Hope Penelope finds a home she deserves a great home for the time she has left. She earned it!

  17. says

    It’s been such a sad week…Moses of WagnWoofs also left us this week…And Penelope’s story just brought tears…I’ve share her Petfinder page and am hoping someone will step up for her…

  18. says

    People make me so mad. Emailing Laurie after this because I hate it when people treat senior dogs like this. Having experience the special love of a senior dog, they deserve better. I lost my Cocker Spaniel at 15 yrs. old and have been looking for a dog to adopt. Hopefully she can help me with transport since I am in Kansas. Thanks for hosting!

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