My husband and I are suckers for dogs. We try our hardest to make sure we do our part to reunite dogs with their owners.
We’ve also been involved in a Corgi rescue group for the last four years.
The group we foster through is called Corgi Connection of Kansas (CCK).
It is a small organization, headed by a woman named Jeanette DeMars.
DeMars has been rescuing Corgis since 2000 and has helped countless dogs to find forever homes with loving owners.
I cannot recall how we first became involved with the organization, but I do remember that once we made the decision to help to foster these wonderful dogs, our home rarely was without two or even three Corgis at a time.
One of them was our own, but when it was his time to leave us, we had to take a break from fostering.
That was, until about two weeks ago, when DeMars contacted us regarding a dog that had some special needs that might prevent him from being adopted out. We haven’t determined that for sure — it is part of the process we’ll be going through for the foreseeable future.
The Corgi in question is named Karick, a word that means “small mound.”
He was located in Nebraska and had been surrendered to a local animal shelter after his elderly owners were not able to care for him anymore.
We’ve had him in our home for less than a week and we already know that he wants love, but he wants it on his own terms.
If I try to pet him for an extended period of time, he eventually will get up and walk away.
He’s not rude about it and he doesn’t give me lip about it — he simply walks away and gets comfortable elsewhere.
Karick is nearly 10 years old, weighs in at 41 pounds and appears to have some health problems.
Any of these things by itself can make it difficult to adopt a dog. All three make it nearly impossible.
Senior dogs need love, too
Senior dogs can be overlooked simply because their life expectancy is less than a younger dog’s.
There also is the possibility of large veterinary bills associated with an aging canine.
In Corgis, this can include a degenerative genetic disease that affects the mobility of a Corgi’s rear legs.
Karick is a Pembroke Corgi, which means he is a smaller Corgi.
This also means that his optimal weight should be somewhere around 23 pounds.
Existing health problems sometimes turn away potential adopters because, frankly, they can adopt a healthy dog if they want to.
But here’s the thing — senior dogs, healthy or not, deserve love, too.
Karick is a sweet old man and while he is set in his ways, he still is capable of running, playing and adding to any family as a wonderful pet.
For now, though, he will remain in our care. CCK will make sure he is healthy and that whatever health concerns he ends up having are handled, and my husband and I will make sure he is losing weight and generally happy.