Monday, September 29, 2014

Tuesday's Tails: Beau and Chachi

Update:  Beau and Chachi are, sadly, still up for adoption after more than a year.  These 11-year-olds are far too sweet to live the rest of their lives in a shelter...and they have only grown sweeter with age.  Beau is all kisses, and Chachi never turns down a belly rub!

Beau and Chachi arrived at the Humane Society of North Iowa in August of last year.  I was working customer service with a few other employees the day they were brought in by the local veterinarian.  "They're really sweet dogs," she said, setting the two carriers down on the counter.  "They're older, and they've got some health problems, but they're very friendly."  I peeked in at the small black dog, whose back legs were badly bowed.  "Yeah, his legs are super bowed, but he seems to walk just fine.  We've been calling him 'Bow' because of it," the vet continued, smiling.

"Have you named the Pomeranian yet?" I looked inside at the wiggling mass of light brown fur.

She hadn't, and when I filled out their feeding sheets, I wrote "Beau" (not wanting to have confused customers calling him Bow, as in Bow-Wow) and "Chachi," because, though Chachi is a female, I just thought the name fit her and her spunky personality.  I wondered why the two dogs had been brought in for surrender by a vet and not the owner.

"Their owner passed away," the woman told us.  "They think these dogs were left there for about a week before they found him."

(photo courtesy of HSNI and Arickx Photography)

Chachi is a 10-year-old female Pomeranian.  She has put on some poundage since this photo was taken, but that just means there's more of her to love!  Chachi loves her food and treats, and though she may be up there in age, this girl can play.  She doesn't show much interest in toys, but every once in a while, she'll catch your eye with the funniest little side-eyed glance and bark at you - this is her signal for I want to play! or Pet me now!  Chachi, being an older gal, has some health problems typical of her age and breed; however, there's a lot of life left in this sweetheart. 

(photo courtesy of HSNI and Arickx Photography)

Beau is a 10-year-old male Miniature Pinscher who loves absolutely everyone.  He, too, enjoys food and treats (but who doesn't?!), and he is always quick to compete with Chachi for your attention.  He will jump right up on your lap - bowed legs be darned - and beg you for scratches behind the ears with his adorable old-man grin.  Beau is the sweetest of the sweet, and he deserves to spend his golden years in a warm home with someone to rub his belly!

Beau and Chachi (though often "competitors" for food or affection) are best friends - one cannot be adopted without the other.  They went through the traumatic experience of their owner's death together and shouldn't have to be separated after something like that.  This, combined with their age, makes people consistently pass them by.  Why, people tend to think, would I want to adopt a dog that won't live for very long?  My answer is:  Because old dogs are the best dogs, and because they need a home where they can happily spend their remaining years.  Beau and Chachi are pretty lively for 10-year-old dogs; they have a lot of life left to live.  

When I worked at the shelter, it broke my heart to watch as people considered Beau and Chachi, but then changed their mind once they saw a puppy or a dog that appealed to them more.  These two have been in there for long enough; does anyone with a big heart have room for these two?  

(Please disregard the lovely expression on my face...and focus on the love these two have to give :)  Beau was in the middle of giving me puppy kisses while Chachi gave me her side-eyed grin!)

Contact the Humane Society of North Iowa if you have questions about Beau and Chachi or are interested in adopting them.  Thank you so much for reading.  <3



27 comments:

  1. I hope they find a wonderful home together soon.

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    1. I do, too; they definitely deserve it. Thanks for reading!

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  2. These two are so adorable. I really hope someone who understands the specialness of older dogs gives them a second chance at a happy home. I have a soft spot for the oldies and have adopted older dogs and appreciated the time we had. It's sad they've been through such a sad experience

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    1. It's a rare but special person who can truly appreciate just how wonderful senior dogs are! They are my favorite <3 Thanks for reading!

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  3. Aww they sound so sweet! I hope someone takes them home soon. They deserve a warm and loving home for sure.

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    1. Yes they do! It's so sad to me that they're spending their golden years by themselves in a small room :( Thanks for reading!

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  4. Breaks my heart. I hope they find a home soon. Thanks for joining the blog hop. Sharing.

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  5. Thanks for sharing their stories. Hopefully they will find a home soon.

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    1. I sure hope so, Mark. Thanks for reading!

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  6. Absolutely adorable dogs. It breaks my heart when dogs are left homeless because their owners did not provide for them in case of death - especially seniors. Thanks so much for participating in the hop each week. Sharing.

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    1. I am loving the blog hops - they're so much fun and I meet so many people! Thank you for sharing!

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  7. It's so sad that no one has stepped forward to adopt these dogs after such a long time.
    I hope by highlighting them today you will have helped them find the homes they deserve.

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    1. That's what I'm aiming for...they've been in the shelter for far too long - they're great little lap dogs. Thank you for reading!

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  8. I hope they find a loving home soon. Will share.

    Sheba

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    1. I hope so too! Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Oooh, what a sweet pair! We'll share also!

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  10. Oh, poor, poor babies! Sharing and hoping these 2 cute seniors get out of "jail" soon!

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    1. Thank you, Sue! They've been in there for far too long.

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  11. I definitely agree with you about adopting senior animals. They are loving companions and usually won't chew up your shoes. Sharing in hopes that they find a home together soon.

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    1. LOL, usually! My senior dog can still get up to some mischief! :) But seniors are my favorite. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  12. This is heart breaking. I hate seeing any dog in a shelter, but it's extremely hard to see a senior dog there. I really hope these two find a home soon.

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    1. Absolutely. It just crushes me when I see a 10+ dog in a shelter. And they are so difficult to adopt out as well. It's very sad.

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  13. I hate it when seniors can't find a home. So sad. Paws crossed that somebody will give them a loving home soon. Sharing.

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  14. This is so sad. I hate to think of any dog who has had a loving home suddenly have their world ripped apart and stuck in a shelter. They have to be so confused. We have a group in St. Louis that specializes in older dogs...they really pitch senior dogs for senior people, and have a great success rate. Too bad you don't have a rescue like that who can take them.

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  15. They are so sweet. Mom wishes she could take them in. She says that when the time comes for us to get a woofie, we are going to adopt a senior one. We hope that the purrfect someone comes along for Beau and Chachi very soon! Sharing

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