Submitted by Liette Fadden
It is with great sadness that I share with you the unfortunate news of Java’s passing. Java came into the WAC Rescue program back in December 2007. She was given up because her elderly owners could no longer care for her or themselves properly and were in a nursing home. Their daughter contacted me as Ontario’s Rescue coordinator at the time, to help place the 12 year old dog. I have to admit that I thought it would be next to impossible to place a dog that age. Everyone seems to want a dog under the age of 6 – that seems to be the magic number – any dogs over that age are not as easy to place because potential adopters are afraid of possible health issues or losing the dog within a short time.
In Java’s case, the daughter assured me that she was in great shape and quite used to staying at a variety of homes as she had been bounced around between family members for several years and seemed to adjust very well each time. She would likely not be as stressed with the changes as much as perhaps another dog her age.
Luckily we were able to find a foster family for her but we figured it was going to end up being a long term thing as we tried to find the perfect home willing to take in a Senior Weim. As Destiny would have it, Laurie contacted us about the time that Java was being fostered and she and I had a wonderful conversation about Weimaraners and their idiosynchrasies, the need for discipline and exercise and how most dogs end up in the program and then we got around to discussing Java’s story. Laurie was very willing to consider Java and spoke to the foster home to arrange a meeting. The rest as they say, is history. Because Ontario Rescue encompasses a large geographical area, coordinators do not always have the luxury to meet all the dogs and adopters in the program. However in May 2008, I was lucky to be able to meet Laurie, her husband and Java in person at The Weim Picnic in Toronto. What a happy surprise to see a well-adapted Weimaraner in excellent condition. You’d never know that Java was 12 years old – she was in great shape and obviously very happy with her new family!
Java lead a great life with Laurie and her family and lived a lot longer with her diagnosis of lymphoma than I’m sure most dogs would have because of the love and support from her new family.
WAC Rescue will always be grateful to Laurie and her family for providing this special girl a very good life and loving home for the remainder of her days. Laurie continues to be an advocate of adopting Senior dogs and giving them another chance and encourages others to consider it too. She is an inspiration to those of us who may have given up on an older or harder to place dog.
Laurie shared this with us on December 10th through the WAC Rescue Facebook group :
Tonight I lost my beloved Java… she was only with me for two short years, but we managed to squeeze a ‘lifetime’ of love in to our time together. At fourteen, her lymphoma finally took it’s toll… but she remained strong and brave right up to the very last moment… much stronger than I was! My head knows she will sleep peacefully tonight, but my heart will miss her beautiful green eyes looking up at me from her basket. Sweet dreams Mickey Mouse! Always know how much you were loved, and thank you for bringing so much joy in to our lives! xoxoxoxoxox sleep peacefully tonight, but my heart will miss her beautiful green eyes looking up at me from her basket. Sweet dreams Mickey Mouse! Always know how much you were loved, and thank you for bringing so much joy in to our lives! xoxoxoxoxox