Lauren Siler is a seasoned foster mama, however till lately, her specialty has been kittens. A silver-faced black Lab combine named Annie modified all that when her house owners surrendered her to Dallas Animal Companies on the age of 19.
Siler was about to board a aircraft dwelling to Dallas from Anchorage, Alaska, when she noticed Annie on an Instagram web page that includes animals needing rescue at DAS.
“I noticed her candy little face sitting in her poor little kennel.”
A Unhappy, Surrendered Senior
Annie’s former household didn’t depart a lot info on the time of her give up, stating solely that she was 19 years outdated and had stopped strolling and consuming. However Siler was decided to assist the candy senior in any method she may. As quickly as her aircraft landed in Dallas, she contacted her roommate and finest buddy, Lisa Flores, to make sure Annie was welcome of their dwelling.
With Flores onboard (her reply was a convincing “We want her!”), Siler contacted Dallas Animal Companies solely to be taught that Annie had already been taken in by The Pawerful Rescue. Nonetheless, they’d but to put the pooch in a foster dwelling, so Siler and Flores instantly volunteered.
Whereas pet foster houses are designed to be momentary stops on the best way to eternally households, Annie’s scenario is completely different. At her superior age, she is taken into account a fospice case. As an alternative of being put up for adoption, she is going to dwell out the rest of her days with Siler and Flores. And these girls are decided to make these days as enjoyable and memorable as doable!
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Annie’s Bucket Checklist
The vet who initially examined Annie stated she’d be fortunate to dwell one other month, but the plucky pooch has been residing each pup’s dream for 4 months and counting. Due to some assist from their buddies, Siler and Flores have constructed Annie a formidable Bucket Checklist, and he or she’s already crossed off some fairly spectacular objects.
She took a street journey, had knowledgeable picture shoot, celebrated a tropical Christmas in July (full with tons of presents from Cuddly), and had her DNA examined – she’s largely Lab with a little bit of Pit.
Annie additionally did her finest to find out who has the most effective burger patty in Texas — In-N-Out or Whataburger. She continues to be undecided however plans to render her closing verdict after a number of extra style checks.
Siler and Flores threw Annie a “twentieth birthday” bash and requested her Instagram followers to assist her rejoice Valentine’s Day in August by mailing her playing cards and letters. The cherished senior obtained Valentines from as distant because the Netherlands, Hungary, and Australia.
“A few of her Instagram reels have had like 4.2 million views,” Siler advised ABC Information. “We needed to get a P.O. field for her fan mail.”
Along with the written correspondence, Annie’s social media buddies have despatched her so many toys, treats, and items that Siler and Flores hauled a complete trunkful to the Dallas Animal Society to share the wealth.
Annie’s Dwelling Legacy
Nobody is aware of how a lot time Annie has left, however Siler and Flores plan to proceed her adventures for so long as she is as much as it. As they put together to rejoice Halloween, Siler has a message for all of the canine lovers on the market:
“When you can’t undertake, then foster. When you can’t foster, then donate. And in the event you can’t donate, volunteer.”
Some see taking in a 19-year-old canine as a recipe for heartache. Whereas Annie’s dying will certainly deliver grief to the most effective buddies who’ve given her their hearts, it should additionally deliver a priceless sense of success.
“Till she’s able to go, we’re going to let her hold residing life,” Siler stated. “It could have damaged my coronary heart extra for her to have her final day within the shelter.”
Siler and Flores are additionally fostering one other senior sweetie named Tippy, who’s engaged on her personal Bucket Checklist. Observe Siler on Instagram for cute updates on each pups!