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March 21, 2006 > A second chance

A second chance

As you walk through the animal shelter wards they are more often than not the ones passed by without a glance. A graying hopeful face, a quiet and patient demeanor with perhaps a tentative wag of the tail, or a soft paw reaching out of a cat cage - they search your face and then look beyond you for the trusted friend they know will come for them - but who seldom does.

Whether they are there because of the death of a beloved guardian or abandonment for a newer, younger animal - they wait and hope for a second chance at love. Please consider taking an older animal into your heart and home... you won't regret it. - Nancy Lyon

Vintage Love - Giving Old Animals New Life
By Judy Canright - OHS Companion Animal Rescue Director

I first saw Nanny Goat at the Tri-City Animal Shelter in August of 2003. She was a nondescript little black dog with white on her chest and brown on her legs. She was sitting on her bottom with her legs in front of her and head hanging down. She had a lower jaw that protruded out from her upper jaw and horrid looking teeth going every which way and ears that neither stood up nor lie down but rather stuck out like airplane wings. Ugly dog contest is what came to my mind. I took Nanny home that day. I named her Anna May but when my son saw her he said she looked like a goat, so to me she became Nanny Goat.

The shelter had her age as eight but my good vet said she was more ancient then eight. Nanny was spayed, had most of her teeth removed and was vaccinated. I put her up on our website hoping she would be adopted by someone who would love her for who she was. That person ended up being me.

Nanny and I would go for her step, step, stop, sniff walks around the block, which she enjoyed. But her favorite pastime was mealtime. Nanny loved to eat and would do a little dance and yank and tug on my pant leg while waiting for me to hurry up with her food. She would sometimes ask to be picked up or petted but never did she bark.

And then one day it was time. Nanny could hardly walk, she cried in her sleep, had lost control over basic functions and she was barely eating. I held her close and told her I loved her as her time with me was ended and I was grateful that I could do that for her. I was also grateful for the time that I was allowed to have with this little dog and wish that others who are looking to adopt could see beyond a dog's age or looks. Nanny was the best!

I know that my Izzy and Hilde Marie were waiting at the Rainbow Bridge for Nanny Goat. And I know they are all running and playing and yes, even barking. I miss you guys. Wait for me.

Anna May aka Nanny Goat - Born: unknown: Died: 2/13/06.

Learn about the joys of loving a senior dog at And closer to home, visit sweet and scared, 6-year-old "Callie" a beautiful dilute calico abandoned by the family of her deceased senior owner. Callie is at the Tri-City Animal Shelter in Fremont, her file number is A060243 - she may be waiting just for you.

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