Silla was our first foster dog. She was 10 years old when her owner decided to surrender her to Fetch. She apparently was not getting along with the newly adopted herding dog and the owner decided it was in Silla’s best interest to find a new home. As a dog-lover, I can not understand why, but I am not here to judge… just to help save a dog’s life! Silla was dropped off at our home on Thanksgiving 2014 weekend, and she was with us until April 2015.
The fact she was 10 years old and black were working against her. Black dogs are often looked over, not sure why but it is called Black Dog Syndrome! And most people are afraid to adopt a senior dog, for fear of losing them too soon.
But Fetch found the perfect family for Silla. A family that was willing to love her unconditionally. This family had a young daughter and thought a senior dog would be a great starter dog, since they wouldn’t need to worry about Silla jumping, chewing on toys or being a crazy puppy.
Well, this week sure flew by. Silla is settling in nicely. She really is a lovable dog. We just melt when she looks at us with her big brown eyes. She loves to cuddle, a typical lab that thinks she’s a lap dog 🙂 It took a couple of days to be comfortable with our other lab, but now they are doing good together.
Silla knows basic commands… sit, down, come and walks well on a leash. We walk every morning and afternoon, she likes to stop and smell everything! She does not know how to “heal” when walking, but she doesn’t pull either. Today I found out she likes to chase squirrels… good thing she was on a leash 🙂
Silla does get excited when new people come inside our house and tends to want to jump up. But a stern “no” and a knee up stops her quickly. We will continue to work on this. She is great with my three kids, youngest being 7. I think she would be totally fine with any aged kids.
Anyone would be lucky to have Silla as part of their family, she is a sweet, calm, loving girl. She even smiles when she rolls over for a belly rub. See the picture attached.
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Silla is doing great. Don’t be fooled by her age, she is a very healthy girl with lots of life in her. She got a clean bill of health from the vet last week, even the vet was surprised she is 10 years old – she has the cleanest teeth I’ve ever seen in a dog. Adopting an older dog has great advantages… no chewing your shoes, no potty training and over that super high-energy stage!
Silla is super easy, all she needs is love, a daily walk, food and a warm place to sleep. She is happy to sleep on the couch all day. She is crate trained, she needs a little coaxing with a treat to go in the crate, but once in, she just chills out.
We gave her a bone this past weekend and she was in heaven. She ate about 1/2 of it in one sitting. She even brought it to me, as to say thank you 🙂 She did get a bit protective of it with my other dog, but with people, she was just fine with us taking it away. She has shown no signs of being food protective. My 7-year-old daughter has even hand fed her!
Silla’s favorite place to be is curled up on our couch! She really loves to snuggle up with whoever is sitting watching TV. She will snuggle her head up on my husband’s chest as close as she can get.
She’s doing great with other dog encounters, so I think she’d be fine with a home with or without other dogs, but preferable another older dog that is not wanting to constantly play. Silla is very laid back, doesn’t really like to run, even getting to a jog during our daily walk seems more than what she likes. We try to get her to play fetch inside, usually isn’t interested, but when she does, she does this cute little playful trot. She also trots when she comes inside from a walk… it’s very cute.
Silla really has been so easy, the worst thing she’s done is take tissues out of the trash can. Even on the freezing days, we haven’t been able to get out for walks, she’s just happy being here.
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Debi McKee is a mom of three kids, three dogs and the creator of Rescue Dogs 101... where she guides you in your journey of adopting and raising a rescue dog every step of the way. She also volunteers for a local dog rescue and Humane Society.