Ted Shumway – Founder/President
Dogs have been part of my life since I was old enough to remember. They have been and continue to be wonderful friends and companions. Receiving their love and reciprocating it back to them is one of my life’s greatest pleasures.
The fundamental truth is that dogs age faster than humans. We watch them age and grow old in a matter of 10 to 15 years. Some grow old gracefully and pass away of natural causes, while others pass away sooner, for any myriad of reasons. Dog lovers know this all too well.
Through my work with rescues and animal support groups, I have found that many senior or elderly dogs are abandoned as their needs become more specialized. That is concerning. My experience of senior and elderly dogs is they still have all the love in their heart and are so worthy of being cared for.
I have never had a dog actually speak the words to me but I do believe that if we were to ask a dog whether he wants to live or not, he would say, “Yes, just as much as humans do.” Unfortunately, there are the cases where dogs and animals may be in constant pain or diseased to the point that their suffering should be taken into account. In many cases however, senior dogs just require more patience and care.
We have a mission of providing a comfortable, healthy and happy living environment for seniors in need, while making continuous efforts to transition them into loving “forever homes.”
“If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers