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Hurray! Julia was just (April 2009) adopted from Katia's shelter and has a fantastic new home! She couldn't have dreamed of anything better.

Julia was originally resuced by Katia many years ago and adopted by a retired woman who finally had to return her to Katia at the beginning of this year as she was no longer able to take care of a dog. We really did not think that Julia would be adopted again as she is an older dog, but a very special someone came along and fell in love with her and we can't thank Julia's new owner enough for giving Julia another chance at life! And here's the story sent to us by Julia's new owner:

The joy of adopting Julia

As a life-long dog lover, I've always adopted puppies and know how much fun they can be; however, because all of my puppies have grown up to be "older dogs," I also know the joy of having an older dog - one that is settled and a little calmer.

Older dogs are devoted and grateful to the person or family who takes them into a new home and they show their gratitude every day. I had not intended to adopt a dog - I'm in Moscow only temporarily, live in a small apartment, and work all day. I cared very much about the quality of life Julia would have if I adopted her - would she miss her roomies in the shelter and be bored? Had Julia been a puppy, the answer to these questions might well have been yes. But Julia is older - and although she is still full of fun and spunk and can be as playful as a puppy, she also enjoys her peace and quiet. She is so excited to see me when I get home in the evening, but even then, she isn't demanding and is willing to sit quietly and wait until I can spend quality time with her.

As an older dog, Julia is house-broken and knows her commands. She has even learned new ones in the few weeks since she's come into my life - proving that an old dog can indeed learn new tricks! She's also way beyond the puppy stage where she wants to chew everything in sight, and I'm grateful that if I leave a pair of shoes sitting out, I can return to them later and they will be in exactly the same place and condition they were in when I so lazily kicked them off.

Julia knows what life is like without a place to call home, and I think that is why she appreciates even more that she now has a "forever-home" and someone to love (and to love her). There are so many 'older' dogs at the shelters and all of them need good, loving homes. If you adopt an older dog, you will discover that your greatest reward is that they are so very loving and so very easy to be with.

Because I know the joys of having an older dog, I was surprised to learn of the concern that Julia would not be adopted because she is "of a certain age." You can tell from her pictures that she's a little doll - she captured my heart at first glance. Age had nothing to do with it, but I'm so glad she's the age she is! It's true that puppies are adorable and they melt hearts easily because they seem so fragile and vulnerable, but they also require a lot more time and attention from their owners than do older dogs especially when they first arrive at their new home. Older dogs are able to settle in with a new family far more quickly than puppies and with less stress.

Finally, older dogs seem to live to please, rather than to be pleased. The adoring eyes that gaze back at me every day when I look at my "senior citizen" tell me she would do anything to make me happy. Julia - the "unadoptable older dog" is a joy every day - not in spite of her age, but because of it.

You can see more photos of Julia in the Moscow Animals Picasa photo album!





Julia on her new blanket - made and donated by Susan Baker and Tatiana Shchur.