What we know about old Gabe….
We were looking for a senior cattledog to foster and if everything worked out, to adopt.
We always try to foster and/or adopt at least one senior dog. I contacted several cattledog
rescue groups looking for a senior and found several available. We chose Gabe at
Northern California Animal Friends Rescue in Elk Grove.
Gabe must have had a tough year. He was found as a stray in Kings County and entered
the animal shelter there in early March. He has been in the shelter and 2 rescue groups
since March. He finally got back into “his own home” in September. While many people
have contributed to helping him find a new home Gabe has gone through significant loss,
stress and several transitions for the last 6 months, never knowing what was happening.
Gabe is so old, we think about 14, we wondered how such an old dog got out of the
animal shelter alive? It turned out the shelter had listed his age as 3 years old. The rescue
group must have been pretty surprised when such an old dog showed up on their
Although Gabe was found as stray dog, it is clear that Gabe was very loved in his life and
seems to have not been abused. He is very affectionate. He loves to receive affection
and also to give affection. We wonder how he lost the home where he was so loved.
Gabe has some of the problems of old age including very poor vision due to cataracts.
When he came here he would bump into furniture. Walking him today on a sidewalk (I
usually take him on trails not on sidewalks.) I learned that he cannot even see the curbs.
He has been with us about 6 weeks and we are still learning about him.
When a dog comes into a new home it takes some time for the dog to adjust to the new
home, to learn about us, to realize that he is safe and for us to learn about him.
Gabe is what we call “a velcro dog”. He wants to cuddle and be close all of the time. He
loves to be held, kissed, get his tummy scratched and every other loving attention he can
get for himself. He loves the water, loves to go on trails in the hills, Point Isabel and
Oyster Bay. Our cute foster puppy, Poppy, wants to play with Gabe and he will even
play with her a little bit. But, he mostly loves his many stuffed toys. He will carry his
toys for hours and take them wherever he goes.
Gabe’s homeless days are over! We are going to give him all of the love we can and try to
give him the kind of home that he once had before he was found as a stray. We just want
to give this old dog a good home, security, love and fun for his final years.
Our purpose in adopting senior dogs to make sure that when that old dog dies, he or she
died totally loved. Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco has great senior dogs.
We have fostered for them and adopted senior dogs from them. Please consider senior
Jolene, Marc, Dancer, Poppy…….and old Gabe!