One of the saddest creatures we know is the senior dog who loses all comfort and continuity when he or she enters the rescue world. Lucy lived her entire life with her family, until recently, at the age of nine, she joined our rescue as a casualty of divorce.

Lucy was lucky to bypass the shelter intake process, because she was surrendered to us directly, but nonetheless, we can see the shock reverberating through her tiny five pound body. She has adjusted slowly to the dramatic change, but we would love to see her settled into a home with fewer cranky rescue dogs!

However, it seems these days, that the adoption odds are not in Lucy's favor, due to the overwhelming demand for puppies! Most folks prefer to muddle through the dreaded puppy mayhem years, rather than open their hearts to an older, serene, loving soul, who is truly in need.

Adopting a senior dog takes an evolved human sensibility: someone who can value the quality of time over the quantity, as well as a heartfelt willingness to help a disenfranchised rescue dog. However, there are several advantages to senior dog adoption, in that the dog's energy level and behavior can be appropriate to a quiet, calm household, with other senior dogs, who may have lost their beloved housemates. Senior dogs make great companions for senior humans!

Lucy could join just about any type of home. She has the type of cuddly, outgoing personality that Chihuahua lovers adore, without the yappy edge that we sometimes see in this tiny, but mighty breed. Lucy has typical Chihuahua good looks, and delicate features. Her coat is in good shape, and is a rich cream color, with some beige markings. As a short haired breed, Lucy needs minimal grooming. She is a tiny girl, with great lap dog potential.

Lucy has an extremely good nature, and could easily join a multi-dog or cat home. She enjoys the company of other dogs, and has blended in nicely in her multi-breed dog foster home. She has lived successfully with cats and seems to enjoy their company. Other dogs seem to like Lucy, and she gives off an appealing neutral vibe that puts dogs at ease. She is outgoing and friendly to people as well, and would be a compatible fit with families with older kids, or a quiet adult household. Lucy is a medium to mellow energy dog who requires a couple of leisurely leash walks each day.

Lucy has excellent house manners and is house trained, and crate trained. Adopters should be prepared to troubleshoot the occasional accident as she transitions to a new potty routine, and perhaps new feeding schedule, in her new home. She behaves well in the car, and is not overly reactive to triggers like toll and gas attendants.

Lucy is in good health for her age, and has been spayed. She just had a full dental procedure and pre-op blood work with which was is in normal limits. This will serve as a baseline for monitoring Lucy's health going for work going forward. Lucy has been vaccinated for Rabies, DHLPPC (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, parainfluenza and corona virus), and has been boostered as needed. She has had the 4dx test, and is negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. If you are interested in Lucy, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call/text Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.

Eskies Online is a 501(c)(3) Multibreed rescue group that serves unwanted American Eskimos and other dogs in need. Our group of volunteer foster homes spans the North East, and our adoption territory extends from Maine to eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and parts of northern Maryland. Once an adopter is approved, we arrange transportation. We do not adopt dogs beyond our territory. Please visit our website: www.eskiesonline.com for more information about our group and our adoption procedures.