Skittles is a small Papillon who lived all of her 10 years with an elderly couple. But they found themselves in a position where they would have to give up Skittles. They took her to the Lifeline Animal Protection and Placement (LAPP) shelter because they knew that even if a home wasn’t found, that Skittles would not be euthanized to make room for another dog.
“My heart just goes out to her,” said Holly Brookhouser, a regular volunteer for LAPP. “She has been frightened by the shelter enivronment and so desperately needs a quiet home that is hers and offers her the stability that she knew all her life.”
Brookhouser said that Skittles is often overlooked as she is shy, but she is a kind a loving dog who would make a grateful companion, especially for an older person. She is working hard to find Skittles a home for Christmas. She adds that Skittles would be a perfect companion for an elderly person or would do best in a quieter home environment since that is what she knows.
Breed information about the Papillon shows the breed originated in France nearly 700 years ago. They like to cuddle, and while they have longer hair, they are moderate shedders and their hair doesn’t tend to matt so extensive coat care is not necessary. Though Skittles would probably enjoy a brushing once a week to feel pampered again. They are indoor dogs, but need to get out to exercise and play, so a good walk around the block or even a trip to the dog park would keep Skittles fit. Papillons can be quite good with other small dogs and cats, but can be very protective around larger dogs. They are protective of their owners in the form of sounding an alarm when strange noises are heard.
People who have adopted senior dogs appreciate that they don’t have to go through all the puppy training and senior dogs are exceptionally grateful to be able to have their own home. There are several myths about senior pets that can influence prospective adopters to avoid considering a senior. Most of the myths come out of conjecture and lack of information. Anyone who has adopted a senior will tell you it’s a particularly rewarding experience as these dogs understand they’re being given a second chance. They have no more health issues than a younger dog can, and you avoid all the time and often destruction of training a puppy.
If you or someone you know can open your heart and home to this little sweetheart who is feeling very alone and abandoned, Not only would Skittles be a very happy little dog, but you would make a certain very hard working volunteer at LAPP happy that Skittles will have a family to care for her through her senior years. This little senior is up-to-date on her shots and ready to settle in to a new home.
NOTE: Skittles was adopted by an older couple at Lifeline Animal Protection & Placement shelter today, November 20. Wish her well in her new home.