Senior Spotlight! November is #AdoptaSeniorPetMonth
! In honor of this, DC Shiba Inu Rescue is sharing updates on some of our alumni who were adopted as seniors. Kurisumasu is a senior girl who was adopted earlier this year.
Here is an update from Kuri's mother:
I adopted 13 year old Kuri on April 23, 2016 along with puppy mill rescue, Mitsu. Prior to adopting these beautiful girls, I shared my life with my Shiba Inu, Sapphire, who died unexpectedly on December 28, 2015. Prior to that, I had been following DC SIR for about a year on Facebook after seeing a post on a mutual friend's page. Following the death of my Saffie, I was looking at DCSIR's page, and reading the rescue stories for each one, while grieving the loss of my girl.
When I read Kuri's story of being heartlessly dumped on Christmas Eve, I knew in my heart I had to bring her to my home. Losing my girl so soon after Christmas, and seeing how Kuri was purposely given up just before Christmas, just broke my heart. This girl deserved so much more than being left at a shelter on Christmas Eve. I immediately submitted my application for her and, her now shibling, Mitsu.
After a couple of phone interviews, I made my first 8 hour trip from Charleston, South Carolina to DC so I could meet the girls. Upon meeting Kuri, she immediately rolled over for a belly rub, which her foster mom said was one of her favorite things. I spent a couple of hours learning about both girls and loved them. Several days after returning home, I received the call - I had been approved for adoption for both!!! A couple of weeks after receiving the call, I was on my way to Washington again. This time to get my girls and bring them home. I was a bit concerned about an 8 hour trip with them but they handled it wonderfully. My girls now have a home on 3 acres with a large fenced yard to roam around.
Upon arriving at her new home, Kuri was a bit reserved but affectionate. Six months later, she is now at a healthy weight, no longer has visible fatty deposits, and all of the hair she lost due to allergies and poor nutrition has grown back full and lush. She still has an aversion to being picked up but will allow me to hug her and snuggle and she still loves belly rubs. When she first arrived at my home, she would only sleep in the kitchen next to Mitsu's crate. But, after a couple of months, she moved into my bedroom which is where she sleeps now, and how that girl can snore! LOL, but I love it.
I would like to share a few of my favorite things I am seeing as Kuri's personality emerges. While I am at work, the girls stay in the kitchen and dining area. This area is closed by dog gates and Kuri has a couple of doggie beds from which to choose. Mitsu has her crate but it is open and she is free to move in and out as she wishes. Even though Kuri cannot hear, when I arrive home in the afternoon she will see Mitsu stand up in her crate. Kuri will then look toward the front door which is visible from the kitchen. She gets very excited when she sees me and starts to paw at the gate. Once I open the gate, she will run zoomies back and forth from the kitchen to the living room. Sometimes she gets so excited on her return, she will slide across the kitchen floor to me. Another thing she does that I find adorable is; sometimes in the morning she likes to awaken very early (about 4:00 a.m.). She will come to my bed and bark at me. If I don't get up, she grabs my comforter and will start to pull it off me. She continues this until I acknowledge her. Once I pet her, she usually will go back to her bed until it's time for me to get up.
Kuri and Mitsu are a joy and have brought so much happiness to my home. The way Kuri romps through the yard, and runs zoomies in the house, it's difficult to believe this sweet girl is 13 years old. I look forward to many more wonderful years with this beautiful senior girl. Seniors Rock!
Read more at http://www.dogheirs.com/dcsir/posts/7390-adopt-a-senior-month-alumni-update-kuri#DEkU6UY0Ar7chRt8.99