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Zaya is a very happy, affectionate, smart and Velcro senior Springer. But don’t let her age fool you! She is mentally much younger! She is somewhat agile and “springy” for her age. She does have signs of arthritis starting in her joints, but she does not let that stop her. She knows the commands Sit, Stay, Come, Lay Down, Off, Shake, Ride, Walk, and BALL! Zaya likes to play keep away with her tennis ball.
This sweet girl loves going on walks, hikes, rides in the car and swimming. She enjoys swimming so much that she now has a life jacket because it is hard to get her out of the water. She likes to “wind surf” with the window part way down in the car, calling shot gun for the passenger front seat.
Zaya came to ESRA from a shelter, shaggy, matted and dirty. She obviously had never had her teeth taken care of. She has had a dental cleaning and skin tags taken off her eyelid and removal of her dew claws.
Handling her feet and left rear area are upsetting to her. She would need to learn trust and assurance with a gentle approach. The family who surrendered her stated that she had become aggressive with strangers. Her foster mom believes that as the children got busier, she did not receive enough attention and began to act out. She has not shown aggression with strangers at her foster home. She greets strangers, outside dogs and children without incident in her foster home. Zaya’s perfect home would be one without other dogs and children. Zaya shows signs of not knowing her place in an established pack and can be possessive and territorial.
Zaya wants nothing more than to be near you, on you or with you at all times. She does fine being left alone for short periods. Zaya is an ideal dog for a retired couple or single person who can spend lots of time with her walking, hiking, swimming, taking car rides and playing.
A special note regarding Zaya and all of ESRA’s seniors:
Why adopt an older dog?
Most people go to a shelter or rescue organization wanting to adopt a puppy or a young dog. By adopting an older dog, you can make a statement about human compassion and the value of life at all ages. Older dogs are often the last to be adopted or the first to be euthanized at the shelter. Why should an older dog be left behind?
Dogs live in the present, as today is what's important to them. They don't tend to worry about what's around the next bend in the road. They just want to be happy and loved today! We all know there are no guarantees in life. The quality of time you have with your new companion can matter a great deal more than its quantity. Even if you have a senior dog for only a few years, the days you spend together will be precious!
You can give an older dog the best years of his/her life! Won't you please consider providing a loving home to a senior?