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January 24, 2014

Ask Dog Lady: Pup’s affections make older dog run

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You are to be complimented for deciding your lifestyle cannot support a dog. You have thought it all out, and you have made a good decision — for you. Others would naturally disagree.

Dear Dog Lady,

All but one of my/our six dogs had been lucky happenings without having had to search. The latest, a rescue, was a dear but had health problems and the veterinarian couldn’t help. I wonder where to begin looking for another. Now that I am old, I hope to find a small animal I will be able to lift without pain and one that is more couch potato than border collie. Do you advise local shelters? National searches via the Web? Newspaper ads? There’s luck of course.

Thanks for your thoughtful work.

A: Local shelters are a good place to start — especially if you visit first and tell the staff about the sort of dog you seek. Dog Lady loves your description of “more couch potato than border collie,” which describes your ideal pet succinctly. If you make a connection with a shelter, perhaps make a donation, they will keep your request in mind. Naturally, there’s always luck. Dogs come into people’s lives in the strangest and most wonderful ways. Keep your eyes open. Your heart sounds ready.

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