|Maggie joined our home on January 24, 2004. We had lost our beloved Taylor a few months
earlier and poor Tucker wasn't adjusting to being the "only child". We were not ready for a puppy
so we contacted Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue and asked if there were any seniors needing
homes. Most people want to adopt puppies, leaving these wonderful older dogs without homes in
their old age. We think Maggie was turned over to her local shelter because her puppy producing
days were over. Estimated at around 9 yrs of age, she had obviously just whelped. Luckily the
shelter call FHGRR who got her spayed, vet checked and into a safe foster home. At first we were
told that she was already promised to a home but when the family met her, they turned her down.
Too old, too gray in the face and not pretty enough they said. We drove to South Carolina, sight
unseen, wondering about this old girl. What we found was a very lovely golden with beautiful
conformation and a face that melts my heart. She didn't have any coat because of the pups, but
once it grew in it was long and flowing. This was a gorgeous golden and the people that turned
her down didn't know what they had missed!
If you are considering adopting a dog, please consider and senior. These old dogs still have a lot
of life left in them. They are already potty trained, past their chewing days and want nothing more
than a family to love them. I often hear "but they won't bond like a puppy!" NOT TRUE! Within
one week of moving into our home, Maggie knew she was ALL MINE. She would walk right over
my husband to get to me. You would never know that we hadn't had this dog from a puppy.
Another thing I often hear is that "I couldn't adopt a senior because they will die just as I am getting
attached". FACT OF LIFE: None of us know how long we will be on this earth. I know many dogs
of all breeds and mixes that never made it past their 1st, 2nd or 3rd birthday. We had Maggie for 5
YEARS and I wouldn't have missed a minute of those years! Adopting a senior dog is an
experience that shouldn't be missed!
We are sad to say that we lost our darling Maggie on January 2, 2009. It was just 22 days shy of
her 5 year adoption anniversary. She was somewhere around the age of 13 or 14. Our home just
isn't the same without her Woo-Woo's! at dinner time and her beautiful smiling face beaming at us
from her favorite dog bed.
Reast in peace Maggie
adopted January 24, 2004
resting peacefully January 2, 2009