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I would like everyone to meet Randolph The Ram Pintooth. He was brought into my local animal control shelter a few weeks ago. The people claimed they found him running around loose. Maybe they did but then maybe they just felt bad about giving him up. We’ll never know the truth. What we do know is this old man deserves a place of comfort, safety and peace in his final days. He happened to wind up at the best animal shelter in our state (Seminole County Animal Services) so he was being exceptionally cared for but it is still an institution with lots of scary noises and smells. Dogs know what death smells like and it, unfortunately, surrounds them at all our shelters. (Yes, even if they claim they are “no-kill”.)

So, this senior, purebred Miniature Pinscher got lucky. He got me involved and invested emotionally in his well being. He was examined by our veterinarian and was found to be in reasonably good shape for a dog of his advanced years. We’re putting his age at around 13. Hard to tell because his remaining teeth are so horribly infected. He’s scheduled for a massive dental procedure on the 13th. We doubt he’ll have any teeth left but he’ll feel like a new man!

He weighs a whopping 7 pounds and does have a little pep to his step – once he gets going. He has an old injury to a back leg which could have been from a break, we’re not sure. He’s got scaring and calcification. That could explain why he tilts forward when walking. He needs a bit of assistance with his balance when he’s going potty sometimes but that’s no big deal when you’re used to dealing with senior dogs. He actually lets us know when he needs to go out and if he doesn’t need to go –  he just doesn’t go.

Randolph is sweet and funny and we wonder if someone is missing this little guy? He’s gotten used to our bed and has made friends with the rest of the pack. He came to us one day shy of the anniversary of the loss of our most special boy, Ramirez. We know he wanted us to help this old man, as he was very partial to his own kind. I was fighting myself in getting him out of the shelter or not. I kept feeling worse and worse by not doing what it is we do… help old dogs that others have given up on. People are so scared to adopt an older dog and I can’t understand it. They’re so easy and appreciative. He wants to sleep and eat and watch a little TV. I’ve heard the fear that if someone adopts an older dog it’s going to die too soon. Well, none of us know when our time is going to be up. Many an old dog have fooled us by far outlasting their “allotted” time. If we give this boy a month or a year or even more then we’ve done our job. Our hearts will hurt as when we lose anyone but he will not die alone. As a friend told me when I was debating bringing him home, “I’d hate to be old and alone.”

So, he’s here and we all feel better!

We’ve already received a few donations to help Randolph get the dental he desperately needs. Dr. Rick has discounted it quite a bit but there are still costs involved, he needs bloodwork done and we know there are going to be extractions. Dr. Rick is the absolute best at anesthesia and old dogs so I have no worries. He’s actually one of the ones who talked me into giving this old man a chance. If you would like to help Randolph feel a whole lot better and be able to enjoy life in our pack for a long time you may donate in the following ways:

* Call Longwood Vet Clinic 407-834-2526 and donate to them directly. Tell them it’s for Kathleen’s Rescue – Randolph.*

Or you can use Paypal

Randolph thanks you and prays more old timers get a second chance at life and love.

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