It bears mentioning that this post didn’t stem from just a cute idea to feature the old men of APA!. It started by some volunteers talking about their favorite dogs and realizing that quite a few of them had, you know, a lot of life experience under their belts. The dogs you’re about to read about are really nothing short of amazing.
They have all of those wonderful qualities that come with age; wisdom, lots of stories to tell, the ability to see someone’s character before they’ve even opened their mouth, and an easy grace and know-how that only experience can give. If you open your home to one of these special dogs, you’ll be getting a true lifetime companion who will never let you down nor fail to make you smile.
Davey, the happy silver streaked face in the first photo, is as perfect as dogs can come. He’s calm, affectionate, and even patient. Davey comes to our site on Lady Bird Lake regularly where he walks the trail with everyone from young runners to families happy we have a dog easy and gentle enough to take out on the trail with their children. He’s so well-behaved at adoption sites that he doesn’t attract a lot of attention. He waits quietly for adopters to finish awwwing at the cute, rambunctious little puppies, hoping that one will finally be the person who takes him home. We hope so too, sweet Davey.
Clyde, the irresistable rottie face with the speckled tongue, is our resident black bear. There is almost nothing better than snuggling next to Clyde, soaking up some sun on a beautiful, cool day. It’s made even better by the deep, contented sighs Clyde gives, and the way he nuzzles your hand for just one more ear scratch. Clyde hasn’t had it easy. He was found tied to another dog in the median of I-35 before making his way to APA! from the scary “list” at TLAC. Our rescue team saw Clyde’s quiet intelligence, gentle humor, and wonderful spirit and brought the staff and volunteers of APA! our very own black bear to snuggle. Clyde is waiting for his person to see those things too.
Harvey! Harvey is somewhat of an anomaly. He lived for 12 years with the same family but never had a name. And then, after 12 years, he was dropped at the local kill shelter. He’s even more of an anomaly because, after the complete lack of love and loyalty shown to him, he still possesses both of those things in spades. He has a name now, and scores of volunteers who love and value him. Since joining our program, little Harvey is yet to meet a stranger or a person he doesn’t have a big smile and charming case of the wiggles for. We love this little dog with the indomitable spirit and we hope you will too!
Photo 1 – Davy by Summer Huggins
Photo 2 – Clyde by Carolyn Yaschur
Photo 3 – Harvey by Summer Huggins