When a dog is old and is homeless, finding a forever home for it is often difficult. That’s because many people prefer to adopt younger dogs, which are full of energy and fun to play with. But sometimes, there are good Samaritans who are willing to take in senior dogs and give them all the love they need.
Stewart is an old Chow Chow that was rescued by a shelter. Actually, the shelter didn’t find him; he was abandoned there. The dog, fondly called Grandpa Stewart by shelter staff, had difficulty moving because of his age and his arthritis.
He was a neglected dog, as his matted fur showed. Perhaps his previous owners no longer cared for him because he was old. Aside from his health problems, the dog also had BB gun pellets in his body.
Because of his condition and his age, the shelter couldn’t keep him. He was scheduled to be euthanized. Fortunately, some people saw him and brought him to a group called A Purpose for Rescue, which fostered him.
With so much love surrounding him, Grandpa Stewart showed more strength than when he was first found. This gave hope to his foster family that he still had a lot of life in him.
One day, a known dog lover and rescuer named Rocky saw his story and decided to do something special for him. It was nearing the holidays at the time, so Rocky thought of baking Grandpa Stewart some gingerbread cookies.
After baking the specially prepared cookies, which got the thumbs up from his own dogs, Rocky visited the senior Chow Chow. He went to a park where Grandpa Stewart and his foster mom met him.
Rocky had some gifts for Grandpa Stewart, such as toys, a tracker, and tennis balls. Then he brought out the treats he baked for the senior dog.
As Rocky held a cookie in front of him, Stewart grabbed it with his mouth and ate it. He looked like he really enjoyed it. Then Rocky gave him a jerky, which he excitedly gobbled up. Considering he was a neglected dog, Grandpa Stewart probably hadn’t tasted treats like these, and it was a joy to watch him eat them.
A small act of kindness goes a long way. Doing something special for a senior rescue dog like Stewart was like a reward in itself.
Credits to: Rocky Kanaka