In the six years since I adopted North Seattle Lola, I’ve gone through three surgeries with her. The first was to remove half a tennis ball from her small intestine. The second was to remove a growth on her elbow that she kept cutting open. The third was just a few months ago, when the vets at Phinney Ridge Animal Hospital gave me the bad news that a new lump was a cancerous melanoma. That’s when it hit me – my dog is now seven years old, the age that vets consider a “senior.” Sure, she’s got lots of life left in her, but she’s an older girl now, something I’m going to have to accept sooner or later. But along with that realization I discover I have something that loves me unconditionally, who is now calm, wise, and mature. Well alright, maybe not too calm.
My point is that older dogs are incredible pets. In a year that I spent volunteering at a local shelter, I met an unbelievable amount of older dogs who still had so much love to give. And it amazes me that there are such good people out there who work hard to take care of these older dogs, especially when their families can no longer keep them and adoption is difficult.
Forza Coffee in Green Lake is hosting a benefit on Tuesday, May 22nd, along with Piccola Cellars and small bites from La Toscanella. The cost is $10 per person, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Old Dog Haven, a non-profit network that provides homes for homeless senior dogs in Western Washington. So, lets just look at the facts here:
- $10 for a wine tasting from Piccola Cellars, who provide amazing wines on tap
- Small bites from La Toscanella
- Live music
- AND you help older dogs find and keep homes
If you can find any excuse not to attend this, I dare you. Hope to see you there!