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Giving Thanks: Happy Ruby Day

November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month. Today also marks Ruby’s two-year anniversary with our family. Ruby was removed (along with several other dogs) from her former home as a result of severe neglect. Because she was part of a criminal investigation, she became one of Safe Humane Chicago’s Court Case Dogs. Once her case was settled, she and the other dogs were transferred to foster homes through Friends of Animal Care and Control where we met and adopted her nine months later.

Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month

November Is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month

Ruby was seven or eight when we adopted her, which makes her a senior pet in the shelter world. She suffers from seizures, immune system issues, and separation anxiety as a result of her rough start in life. In the real world, an older dog with “issues” has a slim chance of adoption. Fortunately for Ruby and us, our home is not the real world.

After Pip passed away in October 2013, several well-intentioned acquaintances asked if we were going to adopt a puppy. When I told them that we planned to adopt an older dog, they looked surprised and concerned. What if the dog has issues, health problems, or doesn’t live very long, they asked.

While it’s true a senior dog or cat may not live as long, they help us to live in the moment and value quality over quantity. They may have health issues and emotional scars (who doesn’t), but they also have much to share about patience, forgiveness, compassion, and the beauty of imperfection.

November is a Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month please adopt a senior toda

Shelters are filled with senior pets waiting for someone to see beyond their gray whiskers, cloudy eyes, tired limbs, and bruised hearts. Some of these animals have known loving homes but many others have not. They have much to share and when given a second chance, their gratitude and love is immense.

All of my animals have been rescues, many of them seniors with special needs. They have arrived with baggage, but somehow we figure it out together. Like Ruby, they have all been beautifully imperfect in their own unique ways and for that, I’m eternally grateful.

November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month

Please celebrate Adopt-A-Senior Pet-Month by adopting or fostering a senior or special needs animal – because second chances are amazing whether you are on the receiving or giving side.

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  1. Whitley Westie
    November 26, 2015 / 6:47 am

    Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Gotcha Day!

  2. speedyrabbit
    November 26, 2015 / 7:10 am

    Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Gotcha Day,xx Speedy

  3. Bella Roxy & Macdui
    November 26, 2015 / 7:32 am

    Happy Ruby Day! We're so glad your family found you. Two whole years of love and care now!

  4. Jeanne Pursell
    November 26, 2015 / 9:02 am

    What a wonderful post! We are so glad that you found each other! Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Gotcha Day!

  5. Mitch and Molly
    November 26, 2015 / 10:16 am

    Happy Gotcha Day, Ruby! We are so happy that you have the bestest home ever♥Happy Thanksgiving!Love ya lots♥Mitch and Molly

  6. Mark Muller
    November 26, 2015 / 11:33 am

    Happy Ruby Day and a Happy Thanksgiving… that means the turkey today is just for you, right?

  7. Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady
    November 26, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving. Happy Ruby Day! My future dogs will all be seniors.

  8. Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs
    November 26, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    Have a wonderful thanksgiving – enjoy the day and lets hope some goodies fall from the table into our waiting mouths 🙂

  9. Bailey
    November 26, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  10. Yamini MacLean
    November 26, 2015 / 1:38 pm

    Hari OMRuby is just so very very very blessed to have been found by you – and, I think, you feel equally so! Have a superb holiday… hugs (and wags), YAM(aunty) xxx

  11. Vanessa Morgan
    November 26, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Madi and Mom
    November 26, 2015 / 2:38 pm


  13. Emma
    November 26, 2015 / 2:40 pm

    You sure do have something to be thankful for today! Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. Madi and Mom
    November 26, 2015 / 3:02 pm


  15. Brian
    November 26, 2015 / 3:11 pm

    You are such a special girl, Happy Ruby Day from all of us! Seniors rock!

  16. Bocci
    November 26, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to sweet Ms. Ruby and to you and your family, Kristin. Your post says it all!

  17. Tootsie
    November 26, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    Ah, Ruby! Happy Gotcha Day! My parents adopted me when I was five – five years ago! Not quite senior. But seniors are the best.Happy Thanksgiving!Wag on, beautiful.xoxTootsie

  18. The Menagerie Mom
    November 26, 2015 / 3:36 pm

    What a perfect post for Thanksgiving. Special needs animals hold such a dear place in my heart as well, and I currently have two such special felines of my own. I am so grateful for them.I am also so thankful for special furry friends like you, Ruby, and for wonderful, kindhearted people like your human mom. Many blessing to you and your family.Happy Gotcha Day, Ruby! And Happy Thanksgiving!

  19. Dory and the Mama
    November 26, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    We agree, this is the perfect Thanksgiving post!! Senior Dogs Rock!!Happy Thanksgiving Smileys!Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  20. LBJ
    November 26, 2015 / 4:21 pm

    I am so glad we adopted an older dog, even with some health issues, she's been pure joy.Happy Thanksgiving.

  21. Sketching with Dogs
    November 26, 2015 / 4:38 pm

    We are so happy you adopted Ruby, I love a happy ending.Happy Gotcha Day Ruby and Happy Thanksgiving!Dip, Elliot, Teddy and Lynne x

  22. meowmeowmans
    November 26, 2015 / 5:59 pm

    Wow, this is a super special day, indeed! Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Gotcha Day to you, Miss Ruby!

  23. Sweet William The Scot
    November 26, 2015 / 7:12 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Ruby Day. Not sure who was the luckier one!Sweet William The Scot

  24. Bouncing Bertie
    November 26, 2015 / 7:13 pm

    Happy Ruby Day! What a wonderful home you have found Ruby, to spend your senior years. For which we are all deeply thankful.Toodle pip!Bertie.

  25. Idaho PugRanch
    November 26, 2015 / 9:37 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful that Ruby found the pawfect furever home with youhugsMr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  26. LP
    November 26, 2015 / 10:51 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! Ruby, you fell into the perfect home and we know the love fest there is mutual :)the critters in the cottage xo

  27. Millie and Walter
    November 27, 2015 / 12:42 am

    Happy Thanksgiving and Gotcha day to Ruby and her family.

  28. Sometimes, Cats Herd You
    November 27, 2015 / 1:15 am

    Happy Thanksgiving… and happy gotcha day! That really is something to be thankful for!

  29. Bobbi and Gracie
    November 27, 2015 / 1:27 am

    I am so grateful for you and others who inform us of the importance of rescue when it comes to choosing a pet. I have learned so much from you and several other blogger friends and I know now that if I ever get another pet it will be a rescue. Gracie was purchased from a Mennonite farm… likely a puppy mill… but at the time, I didn't even know what a puppy mill was. Ruby is one lucky girl and beautiful, just beautiful… like her humans.. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for sharing this lovely story.

  30. The Island Cats
    November 27, 2015 / 1:29 am

    Bless you for giving Ruby such a wonderful home. Happy Gotcha Day, Ruby…and Happy Thanksgiving!

  31. ♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥
    November 27, 2015 / 1:38 am

    Happy Gotcha Day, sweet Ruby!!! We are so thankful that you have such a wonderful and loving family to call your own.Happy Turkey Day!Woos – Ciara and Lightning

  32. Amber DaWeenie
    November 27, 2015 / 2:16 am

    Ruby…you have the best family ever! And this post brought tears to Mom's eyes. Happy Gotcha Day, Sweetie!

  33. Two French Bulldogs
    November 27, 2015 / 2:46 am

    Happy Gotchs DayHappy Thanksgiving Lily & Edward

  34. Cathy Keisha
    November 27, 2015 / 2:48 am

    Happy Gotcha Day, Ruby! Just like me, you really stepped in it so to speak when you were gotted.

  35. Cheri Wildcatwoods
    November 27, 2015 / 2:49 am

    Ruby is so very lucky you found her. We have rescued older cats and know how special senior pets can be. Happy Thanksgiving!Cats of Wildcat Woods

  36. Jans Funny Farm
    November 27, 2015 / 2:56 am

    How wonderful you can see the beauty of the senior pet. They do have so much love to give. Happy Thanksgiving.

  37. Tweedles -- that's me
    November 27, 2015 / 3:06 am

    Happy Thanksgivinglovetweedles

  38. Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song
    November 27, 2015 / 3:57 am

    Happy Gotcha Day. And a tip of the tail to your parents for taking a senior dog

  39. Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song
    November 27, 2015 / 3:58 am

    Happy Gotcha Day. And a tip of the tail to your parents for taking a senior dog

  40. M. K. Clinton
    November 27, 2015 / 4:05 am

    Happy Gotcha Day, Ruby. What a wonderful blessing on Thanksgiving. ♥

  41. Sxanuxa Kitsinaka
    November 27, 2015 / 4:12 am

    Oh Ruby! Wes knows what its like to be Old and has "issues" yous and mes is so furry lucky! Happy Gottcha Day!!!Mes wishing Joy, Happiness and Health and MORE for your Thanksgiving!Oh Yes — many Nellie, Kozmo, Jo Jo and Especially Cinnamon KissesKissesNellie (at Mommy's Blog)

  42. Ruby
    November 27, 2015 / 4:26 am

    RUBY! It's RUBY!!! (yeah, I'm NEVER gonna stop doin' that ya know! hehehehe), I am sooooo happy that you found the most FABulous family EVERS to make your own! And the difference between just two years ago and today, is amazin'! You can see it in all the pics your Moms takes of the now SuperModel! Yes, you are a SuperModel! I hopes you and your peeps had a most FABulous Thanksgiving….I am thankful for you ☺Kisses,Ruby ♥

  43. Caren Gittleman
    November 28, 2015 / 5:11 am

    Happy Happy Gotcha Day Ruby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hoping you had a most pawesome day!!xoxo DakotasDen

  44. Maxwell Faraday Richman
    November 29, 2015 / 3:42 am

    So few choose to do what you did. We are beyond impressed – and we know Ruby hit the jackpot when she found you!!

  45. The Green Dogs
    November 29, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    Ruby is such a lucky girl to have found you! 🙂

  46. Ziggy Stardust
    November 30, 2015 / 4:45 am

    That is a beautiful story and I am so happy that you found such a wonderful furever home Ruby. Your family is very special.Ziggy Out!!

  47. Uji, Izzy, Ziggy, Missi, Hiro & Momma Tea
    December 1, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    Happisome Gotcha Day Miss Ruby , Da Momster agrees wivs yor Mom abouts senior dogs, her sayd dem has so veri much to offer an dems givs a person far more den da person givs dem. Same fing wivs wonky dogs too . All ovs us are wonky and so is our Momster so wee fit togevva pawfectlyxxxxx

  48. Hilary
    December 6, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    I am crying…Ruby is such a lucky girl to have found such an amazing family….

  49. Marty the Manx
    January 5, 2016 / 2:20 am

    We were thrilled when Ruby joined your family. So glad that we know her story now! Happy furrever Ruby 🙂

  50. ChristaV
    April 15, 2016 / 11:57 am

    Ruby, you rock. The old school way! I'm so glad to read the story of Ruby Day. You're beautiful.

  51. Lola The Rescued Cat
    April 15, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Ruby, we're sorry we missed this post. You are a brave girl and you picked the perfect family.

  52. Nellie Kowalik
    April 16, 2016 / 1:56 am

    Mee!!Meeee!!!!Meeeeee!!!!!!!*•.¸¸♪♫•Happy Gottcha Day to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫•¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Gottcha Day to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫•¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Gottcha Day Dear RUBY!!!!! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫•¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Gottcha Day to you! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫•Ruby, being a rescue myself! Mes so furry happy that yous too has the bestest home in the world!Kisses Nellie

  53. FiveSibesMom
    November 11, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    Happy Gotcha Day beautiful miss Ruby! Pip would be so proud and happy! It's so wonderful to hear of senior dog adoption stories. My niece just adopted a 13-year-old Pomeranian whose human became ill and went into a nursing facility. She's a doll! Ruby, you're a lucky girl to be in Pip's family! Happy Thanksgiving indeed!

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