We’ve been inundated with photos of beautiful, older dogs in the past few months. It’s been a joy to see all the wonderful pets who are still leading active lives, often doing pet therapy or some other kind of work, and, of course, are still the apples of their owners’ eyes. We hope you’ll enjoy seeing the four dogs whose photos — and stories — we just couldn’t resist.
Grand prize winner Angelo will receive $100 worth of Dog Chow from Nestlé Purina PetCare and a pair of Dog Chow jackets for his family. Benny, our second place winner, will find food and jackets in his mailbox, as well. Third place winner Katie and honorable mention Roxanne both win food, too. We’ll also be sending all the winners a 2009 DOG FANCY Year-In-A-Box Calendar, now available at bookstores.
Angelo, Golden Retriever, 13
“Angelo is my ‘heart dog.’ As his age slows down, it does not slow down his spirit and will to live. He wakes up each day with a smile, ready to face the day. To Angelo, every day is a celebration. And to us, each day is a gift!”
Jeanne Urna, Lincoln Park, N.J.
MWD Benny B163 (Ret.), German Shepherd Dog, 11
“Benny is my adopted, retired Air Force military working dog who was scheduled for euthanasia. Benny’s devotion and love touch my heart deeply. He’s my gift from God, my one-in-a-lifetime canine love. Now a certified therapy dog, Benny gives much joy and love to others, too. He’s amazing!”
Deborah Kandoll, Pikeville, N.C.
Katie, Wire Fox Terrier, 11
“Katie is a registered therapy dog and brings smiles to residents at assisted living facilities every Tuesday. She is also involved with the SPCA’s humane education program. She visits a first grade class and alternative school to teach young people how to care for and love a pet. But most of all she is my best friend. I love her with all my heart.”
Ruth Masucci, Aiken, S.C.
Roxanne, German Shepherd Dog-Rottweiler mix, 12
“This loyal and loving friend has been with me through some very hard times. A warm paw, a toy, a concerned look: She wouldn’t let me feel sorry for myself. Little did she know that she was the best medicine ever; she saved my life. I’ll be forever grateful for Roxanne.”
Ed Moore, Akron, Ohio