Our dogs are our family. As they age, it is our job to give them the best golden years imaginable. But for one dog, named Betty, her family did the unthinkable. They drove her to a shelter and gave her up. She wasn’t the average senior dog… she’s 17-years-old!
Most people do not want to adopt a senior dog as old as Betty, knowing they will not have much time with her. This is a tragic situation. Betty would remain in a shelter until she crossed the Rainbow Bridge unless someone stepped in. Thankfully Betty’s fate was about to change!
A woman named Belen had heard about Betty and raced over to the shelter. She immediately called her boyfriend Mark and asked if they could foster her. Mark couldn’t say no. He met Belen at the shelter and they took Betty home. Betty’s freedom ride was amazing. It was as if she knew she belonged with her new foster parents.
However, once they got home, Betty was a bit nervous. She wouldn’t eat and she walked around as if she had no idea what to do with herself. Belen and Mark were understandably concerned. Betty mustered up all her strength, with her arthritic legs, to pace around the house. She then hid behind a corner looking totally desperate.
Her new foster parents weren’t sure how to handle it but they wanted to give her as normal of a life as possible. They gave her a warm bath to calm her down. She wasn’t a huge fan but it was necessary. She smelled pretty bad from being in the shelter. Betty laid in the tub like a real champ and didn’t complain one bit.
Belen bought two beds for Betty. An orthopedic one that would accommodate her joints and a plushier bed that was really too small for her. If you know dogs, then you know which bed she chose. It didn’t matter if she didn’t fit perfectly. To her, the bed brought her the comfort she needed.
By the second day, Betty seemed a lot better. She was starting to accept these new humans in her life. Mark, in the video below, says that as the day went on, Betty began to really relax. As he says, “She lit up.” And she was all about letting her new dad pet her.
As the days went on, Betty settled in perfectly and a new routine formed. Around 6:30 am, she comes into her parents’ room and makes these little grunts. She’s not one to bark so this is her way of communicating. This is Betty’s way of telling her dad it’s time to get up to take her for a walk, which is the highlight of her day!
Betty’s foster parents had to make a tough decision. They received calls about potential adopters interested in Betty but at her age and with her past, they weren’t sure if introducing her to a new family at 17-years-old was the fair thing to do. They made the right call! They knew in reality that Betty only had a little time left and she belonged exactly where she was.
To see Betty’s full story, scroll on down. We are so grateful for people like Belen and Mark. Every dog deserves love, especially at the end of their life. Betty got all the love she could ever want and then some!
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12 Things You’re Doing That Your Dog Hates:
For most people, dogs are not just our pets, they are our family members. When you bring a dog into your life, things just seem to get a lot more exciting. There’s few things that are better than coming home after a long day of work and having your beloved furbaby happily greet you at the door. While we love our pups and they love us back unconditionally, there are a few “annoying habits” that our dogs may not really like.
Hugging- While it’s hard to resist giving our pups a big squeeze, many dogs feel restricted and consider it a controlling act.
Using words more than body language- Of course, dogs can understand a select few words, but we all know that they can’t comprehend every single thing we are saying. Because of this, dogs tend to watch our body language to understand what we are trying to tell them.
Patting their heads– Similar to the hugging, many dogs don’t like when their personal space is invaded. Most would prefer being pet on their back or even scratched behind their ears.
Keeping eye contact– Looking straight into a dog’s eyes without blinking, especially a dog you don’t know, may come across as an act of assertion or dominance. If you’re meeting a new dog for the first time, it’s important not to make strong eye contact right off the bat.
Lacking rules and structure- Since it’s not always easy for dogs and humans to communicate with each other with words, it’s important for them to have rules and structure so that they can feel more comfortable in a routine and have trust in you.
Keeping them on a tight leash- If you hold the leash too tightly, it can make the pup feel stressed or uneasy.
Not letting them explore and smell- The majority of dogs love to see the world around them instead of being cooped up inside all day. They enjoy sniffing around and visiting new places. Keeping them inside and not letting them explore could make them feel depressed or isolated.
Forcing them to interact with dogs/people they don’t like- Putting your dog in an uncomfortable position can end up badly for either them, or for the dog/person that they feel uncomfortable around. Even if your dog is not aggressive, they may act in a defensive manner if they’re forced to be near someone they don’t want to interact with.
Being tense- Pets are very good at sensing our moods and feelings, so if we are tense and stressed, our dogs may start to feel that way too.
Being boring- Dogs are energetic, playful animals and love to have some excitement in their lives. They can feel lonely easily if left home alone all day, so it’s important to show them attention and play with them whenever you get the chance.
Bathing them- While not all dogs dread bath time, many of them do. Using a slip-resistant mat at the bottom of the tub could help them feel more comfortable. The temperature of the water should be lukewarm, not too hot and not too cold.
Of course, our dogs will love us unconditionally no matter what, but paying attention to the things that bother them could help strengthen the relationship you share with them even more!