Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Special Senior Moment for LT

They say good things come to those who wait and LT, a nine-year-old Labrador retriever mix, agrees wholeheartedly – especially now that he found his forever home. LT came to the PSPCA in October of 2008 when his owner became ill and could no longer care for him. The poor guy had been suffering from arthritis and allergies and needed veterinary care to ease his pain and discomfort. PSPCA staff worked hard to make LT comfortable and healthy, but he was still missing a family that would love him forever.

LT’s luck turned around in January 2009, when the Dorsey family came to the Philadelphia shelter to drop off blankets and other donations. As they were leaving, Mrs. Dorsey convinced her husband to take a quick peek into greenhouse to see the dogs up for adoption. That's when LT caught their eyes and stopped them in their tracks. As luck would have it, Mr. Dorsey is a Lieutenant in the Philadelphia police force and the officers gave him the nickname "LT." Mrs. Dorsey said, "I spotted LT and then I saw his name and I immediately grabbed my husband because I knew we just had to have him! It was like fate."

As if that weren't enough, the couple also adores older dogs, especially large dogs like LT. They already have two senior canines in their house: Maggie, an 11-year-old golden retriever, and Corky, an 11-year-old Akita. So for them, LT was the perfect match. And as experienced dog-owners, the Dorseys were prepared to care for LT's arthritis and allergies with a combination of veterinary care and a raw food diet, not to mention the love that can only come from a family.

PSPCA staff were thrilled that LT finally found a family that loves him and two furry friends with whom he can enjoy his golden years. When the Dorseys came to the PSPCA to pick him up, they brought Maggie along to escort LT to his new home. The two dogs trotted out of the shelter together, eager to make up for lost time. "I'm so glad we decided to walk though the greenhouse that day," said Mrs. Dorsey. We are, too!

"Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well." -- Bonnie Wilcox, author of Old Dogs, Old Friends

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