Fostering a senior dog

Meet Dora!

On an emotional impulse I decided to take in a new foster dog, an elderly black Lab I named Dora. (To foster a homeless dog means to provide her with a loving home until she gets adopted.)

I have a soft spot for older dogs and a soft spot for black dogs, so I had to give Dora a chance.

Dog named Dora for adoption

I’ve fostered a senior dog before, but he had a lot more mobility, spunk, attitude and energy than my Dora.

With what little time sweet Dora has remaining, I am trying to make her life as comfortable as possible.

More than anything, Dora seems happy for the chance to have all kinds of attention, a chance to stretch her sore legs and to nap on a soft bed. (Although she much prefers the kitchen floor – silly girl!)

Dora the senior black lab for adoption

Dora is also pretty pumped to be in a home where the humans drop crumbs quite often and offer her handouts just for being cute as can be!

Dora seems like quite the happy girl, which is a good reminder for all of us to be thankful for what we have. I don’t believe Dora spends much time feeling sorry for herself, even if it takes her a long time to get up and even if she bumps into things or doesn’t hear me when I come home!

I don’t know anything about Dora’s past, but I choose to believe she’s lived a long, happy life.

She approaches each person she meets with joy and trust.

She sees each individual as a potential for treats, attention and love.

Dora is a senior black lab for adoption in Fargo

I am grateful the Moorhead pound workers gave her a chance to end her days in a home rather than a cage.

I am grateful for an understanding husband. (He is becoming a dog person whether he realizes it or not.)

I am grateful the local rescue groups work to save all adoptable dogs and that one rescue in particular believes Dora is adoptable.

I don’t really know if Dora will be adopted, although I hope so! I do know she has a safe place to relax, stretch and feel loved.

When she naps, I watch her wiggle all four paws as though she’s off running somewhere with the best of them.

What do you dream of, Dora?

Are you chasing rabbits?

Bouncing through fields?

Chasing an old companion?

Oh how I love you so.

Dora the black lab for adoption in Fargo

To adopt Dora, please fill out a pre-adoption application with 4 Luv of Dog Rescue in Fargo. The adoption donation fee is $150 plus tax. Dora is spayed and up to date on vaccinations. Edie: Dora was adopted!!

Dora is a special needs girl who requests lots of love and help getting around. She says she is extra special because she doesn’t need to go for long walks and she will never ever pull on the leash!

That a girl, Dora!

20 thoughts on “Fostering a senior dog”

  1. She is so pretty! Someday I will get a dog, and it won’t be under 4 years old. But I would really consider getting a senior dog, and I think there are others like me out there!

  2. This post was so sweet; it almost made me cry! I love the pictures of her; they seem to portray her sweet, happy personality very well! So happy that she is with you and love life! Thanks for fostering her! 🙂

  3. Lindsay,

    God bless you for fostering Dora and allowing her to live her life out in a loving home with someone who will love and care for her.

  4. Awww, Dora is adorable and has such a sweet smile! It’s great that you’re fostering a senior dog and I’m sure Dora is thrilled to be out of the shelter and in a good home. Senior dogs are awesome — mine is an almost 11 year old black Lab who’s happy, loyal, and filled with life, albeit slower than in her earlier years.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Poor Dora sleeps most of the time and has a hard time moving around. She still seems happy though.

  5. You are my hero, and definately Dora’s too!!! She reminds me of Zoe, an elderly lab I house sat that we lost about a year and a half ago. Thank you for taking her in and giving her a place to be loved and looked out for!!! I hope to one day have a managerie of elderly pets that just get a lot a love and a little bit of walking. Go Josh for starting to become a dog person!!
    Here’s another of my senior pets heros. A local business man with a managerie of his own, and a couple of senior pets!
    http://www.alaskaportraits.com/

    Enjoy Dora and be sure to give her lots of love!!! She looks like she has a lot of love to give!

  6. You have such a big heart Lindsay! Thank you SO MUCH for stepping up for Dora. Older dogs can bring so much joy to life:)

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Oh my gosh, I love her already.

      Honestly though, I didn’t know she would be quite THIS old! I was just looking for an easy foster dog 🙂 I guess I got what I was looking for! She is no trouble at all! She just needs help getting up every now and then.

  7. How lucky Dora is to have been adopted by you! She looks like a sweetheart and even though she prefers to sleep on the kitchen floor she probably just wants to be in the middle of the house near the people she loves. May she live for a long time!

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Well we haven’t adopted her (yet!). She is up for adoption, and we are fostering her. She loves to nap on the kitchen floor where it’s nice and cool. She also has a favorite rug which is in the kitchen right next to the kitchen table, stove, refrigerator and sink so she can make sure to monitor everything!

  8. Lindsay,

    What a face Dora has. There’s something special about that gray-faced look on an old dog. She looks really sweet and I’m glad you are fostering her. I hope another kind soul takes her in.

  9. She’s adorable.
    We also went with fostering an older dog because we figured he’d be easy (he is), but I really can’t believe how much extra joy having Howie has brought to our lives. I hope Dora is bringing the same level of joy to yours.
    Sometimes its so nice just to have a pup who wants to curl up next to you and nap.

  10. I just love fostering in general, and I do not always have the time, patience or resources to foster a higher energy or more challenging dog. The seniors are definitely the best bet for me, and Dora is really a lot of fun to have around.

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