Bonded Senior Sisters

By Taylor Huestis

What is better than one dog? Two of course!

Lucy, a 12-years-young Terrier mix, was best buds with Sadie, a 9-year-old Boxer mix. They adored each other’s company. While at the SPCA, you’d often find them spooning together to share a chair or bed even though there were lots of empty options nearby.

These two didn’t act like seniors. Lucy was always scouting out a lap to snuggle into and enjoyed exploring the big outdoors. Sadie was a big goofball. When greeting you, Sadie would wag her tail so hard that her whole body would wiggle.

Because they were bonded for life, the team was determined to find a loving family who would adopt both dogs.

But their older age, and the fact that they needed to go home together, caused some prospects to overlook them. It took two shelters – the Yarmouth SPCA and the Dartmouth SPCA – and 49 days of hope and hard work… but they finally met their perfect match.

Judith and Doug visited the shelter on July 10th and they felt a connection right away.

“We knew they were a good match for us because Lucy immediately jumped into Judith’s lap,” Doug recalled. “Sadie gave Judith big doggie kisses and once Judith looked into those big, brown eyes, she was smitten. I was won over by their love of people. Despite being our first time meeting them, both dogs were very warm and friendly.”

It didn’t take long for the two sisters to settle into their new home.

“It has only been about three weeks but there are a few special memories already,” Doug and Judith smiled. “The moment when Sadie learned how to play with a ball. We do not think she has been exposed to this type of play before. Taking them on road trips and walking on Rissers Beach. Sadie running around at full speed in our fenced-in yard… she is fast!! And Lucy ‘working’ under our garden shed, in her attempt to dig out some sort of vermin that dare make its home under there. The battle continues…”

This isn’t the first time Doug and Judith gave a second chance to a shelter pet. They know how important and rewarding adoption is.

“The animals that find themselves in the care of an adoption or rescue facility are there at no fault of their own,” Doug shared. “By adopting one (or more) of these animals you are providing them with a loving, caring, and safe home in which they can live out the rest of their days.”

Age doesn’t scare Doug and Judith. They know it is just a number.

“The staff took the time to review their respective medical records and answered all of the questions we had about their current and future medical needs,” Doug and Judith explained. “We believe that all pets deserve to live in a loving and safe home, regardless of their age and the potential length of their lives.”

Plus, old dogs are great teachers. The love and loyalty senior sweeties give often rewards rescuers beyond all expectations.

“They’ve taught us patience, consistency, and that snuggles are important,” Doug giggled. “Also… live in the moment and take lots of naps.”


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Taylor Huestis

Taylor is the Communications & Development Officer with the Nova Scotia SPCA and proud adoptive fur-mama to Bonnie and Boy. She is passionate about raising awareness and funds for local animals in need. Connect with Taylor at or 902-222-0378 today.