On the surface, Little Old Dog Sanctuary is the final landing place for small, elderly dogs who were scheduled to be killed in rural county shelters. And in keeping with the typical “dog rescue” stereotype, each new resident comes with their own incredibly sad back-story and Sarah McLachlan inspired soundtrack. To add to this already melancholy overtone, the primary purpose of the Sanctuary is to provide hospice care. Nobody gets out of Little Old Dog Sanctuary alive. Literally. So there’s death, Sarah McLachlan-style sadness and guilt, and then more death. Sounds like a real barrel of laughs, doesn’t it?
Well, you know what? Sometimes it is a barrel of laughs. That’s because Little Old Dog Sanctuary is different than your typical animal rescue/hospice/sanctuary/home-care/shelter/haven/asylum. Once an animal comes through the front door, they enter a Utopian, free-range Rocky Mountain Shangri-La where napping is a competitive sport, potty training is optional and the record for guarding a Milk-Bone by carrying it your mouth everywhere you go stands at 13 hours. Along with the opportunity to continue living, the dogs also get dignity, respect, blankets, beds, toys, medicine, friends, amazing food and copious amounts of unconditional love. And of course they get treats. Lots and lots of treats.
The book also reveals that the one true secret to happiness is having a grumpy, old Chihuahua. Whoops. Is it too late to say “Spoiler Alert?”
Funny, touching and inspirational, the stories about the Sanctuary are both guilt and fat free. Indulge yourself!
“Dog lovers, this is a great book and one you will enjoy.” – Mile High Dog Magazine