Lauren Siler is a seasoned foster mama, however till just lately, her specialty has been kittens. A silver-faced black Lab combine named Annie modified all that when her homeowners surrendered her to Dallas Animal Providers on the age of 19.
Siler was about to board a airplane house to Dallas from Anchorage, Alaska, when she noticed Annie on an Instagram web page that includes animals needing rescue at DAS.
“I noticed her candy little face sitting in her poor little kennel.”
A Unhappy, Surrendered Senior
Annie’s former household didn’t depart a lot data on the time of her give up, stating solely that she was 19 years previous and had stopped strolling and consuming. However Siler was decided to assist the candy senior in any approach she might. As quickly as her airplane landed in Dallas, she contacted her roommate and finest pal, Lisa Flores, to make sure Annie was welcome of their house.
With Flores onboard (her reply was a convincing “We want her!”), Siler contacted Dallas Animal Providers solely to be taught that Annie had already been taken in by The Pawerful Rescue. Nonetheless, they’d but to put the pooch in a foster house, so Siler and Flores instantly volunteered.
Whereas pet foster properties are designed to be non permanent stops on the way in which to eternally households, Annie’s state of affairs is totally different. At her superior age, she is taken into account a fospice case. As an alternative of being put up for adoption, she is going to reside out the rest of her days with Siler and Flores. And these women are decided to make these days as enjoyable and memorable as doable!
Annie’s Bucket Checklist
The vet who initially examined Annie mentioned she’d be fortunate to reside one other month, but the plucky pooch has been residing each pup’s dream for 4 months and counting. Due to some assist from their buddies, Siler and Flores have constructed Annie a powerful Bucket Checklist, and he or she’s already crossed off some fairly spectacular objects.
She took a street journey, had knowledgeable photograph shoot, celebrated a tropical Christmas in July (full with tons of presents from Cuddly), and had her DNA examined – she’s principally Lab with a little bit of Pit.
Annie additionally did her finest to find out who has the perfect burger patty in Texas — In-N-Out or Whataburger. She remains to be undecided however plans to render her ultimate verdict after a number of extra style checks.
Siler and Flores threw Annie a “twentieth birthday” bash and requested her Instagram followers to assist her have fun Valentine’s Day in August by mailing her playing cards and letters. The cherished senior acquired Valentines from as distant because the Netherlands, Hungary, and Australia.
“A few of her Instagram reels have had like 4.2 million views,” Siler instructed ABC Information. “We needed to get a P.O. field for her fan mail.”
Along with the written correspondence, Annie’s social media buddies have despatched her so many toys, treats, and presents that Siler and Flores hauled a whole trunkful to the Dallas Animal Society to share the wealth.
Annie’s Dwelling Legacy
Nobody is aware of how a lot time Annie has left, however Siler and Flores plan to proceed her adventures for so long as she is as much as it. As they put together to have fun Halloween, Siler has a message for all of the canine lovers on the market:
“Should you can’t undertake, then foster. Should you can’t foster, then donate. And if you happen to can’t donate, volunteer.”
Some see taking in a 19-year-old canine as a recipe for heartache. Whereas Annie’s demise will certainly deliver grief to the perfect buddies who’ve given her their hearts, it is going to additionally deliver a priceless sense of achievement.
“Till she’s able to go, we’re going to let her maintain residing life,” Siler mentioned. “It might have damaged my coronary heart extra for her to have her final day within the shelter.”
Siler and Flores are additionally fostering one other senior sweetie named Tippy, who’s engaged on her personal Bucket Checklist. Comply with Siler on Instagram for lovable updates on each pups!