For the love of a senior dog. Elmer, a somewhat senior Shepherd-Many-things-mix gentleman came to us unsheveled and filthy. Our trainer looked at him and said, "First thing is, that boy needs a bath!" And bathe him she did prior to working with him. He was with us for some time as the pups, the cuties, the young dogs got adopted. We just kept hoping, videoing, showing this courtly calm gentle-dog until one day in came beautiful, happy Jamie and her two young girls. They walked Elmer, took him home for the night to meet Dave, and the rest is history. Jamie reports: "The love fest is on! Lol. His coat is getting more healthy and shiny, scratching itching down. Loves car rides. Eating normal. Playful Yet calm. Responsive to our boundaries and training. Just general goodness. Monitoring his two troublesome areas of nail and upper joint. Taking to vet this week as we wanted to watch ourselves first. Thanks so much!" A senior dog brings grace, calm, love, and joy to a home…and while his or her remaining time on the planet may be shorter than some, if you've never experienced the love and gratitude of a senior rescue dog, we recommend you do — it is unparalleled.

Originally posted at Brightside Animal Center’s Facebook Wall: For the love of a senior dog.

Elmer, a somewhat senior Shepherd-Many-things-m…