Puppies are great and all, but guess what? Senior dogs can be adorable, loving and endlessly entertaining sidekicks, too. And a senior dog named Butter serves as proof.
Butter was turned in at the Animal Care Centers of NYC and then taken in by foster parents Cait and David Himmel after landlord issues at her previous home left her homeless, BarkPost reports. She has the sweetest eyes, the floppiest skin and the best reactions EVER. The Himmels posted several amazing photos and videos on Instagram (caitmhimms) of her throughout their time together.
After seeing the vet, Ms. Butterball was diagnosed with an infected mammary gland that had a 50/50 chance of being cancerous, which can happen if an animal is never spayed. The doctor also suspected she had liver disease or Cushing’s disease due to enlarged liver and kidneys, and severe spondylosis, due to old age.
Butter already had an adoptive family set, so the Himmels decided to set up a fundraiser, to help with the medical costs Butter’s various conditions would incur.
This sound and face, is heaven on earth ???? So, as mentioned last night, we set up a fundraiser for Butterball. In 1 HOUR, we hit our goal, thanks to so many compassionate people & organizations and especially, one very generous donor. That said, we’re going to keep it up and ALL overage will go directly to her adopters, who no doubt will be incurring some hefty vet bills. The link is in my profile. #Butter #Butterball #NYCACC #SeniorDogsofIG #ZanisFurryFriends #RescueistheNewBlack #NewYorkCity
Within one hour, the fundraising goal was met. Butter is a charmer, that’s for sure. The lovable golden oldie has since moved from New York to New Hampshire to live with her forever family, and though she isn’t cured of her previous conditions, she is certainly not lacking in love and support.
How precious is Butter at her new vet?! Loving country life, clearly ❤️ Her appointment went well today…they have follow up tests to do, but the vet thinks she’s suffering from cushing’s disease, potentially due to a benign tumor on her pituitary gland. More to come as we learn more. #Butterball #ButterIsHome #RescueistheNewBlack #SeniorLove #SeniorDogsofIG #ShopAtShelters A photo posted by @caitmhimms on
Her former foster mom even posted an update on Instagram that said her new vet thinks “she may be suffering from a false pregnancy, a condition in females who haven’t been spayed, where the body thinks it is pregnant and shows symptoms of pregnancy (restlessness, depression, enlargement of mammary glands, etc.).” She will be keeping Butter’s fans updated until her new family can set up her Facebook page.
We’re pulling for you, Butter!
And if you have an adult dog who has not been spayed or neutered, here are all the reasons you should consider getting that done.