One of the many joys of working at the Animal Rescue League of Boston is hearing the stories; the happy endings and the annual updates, but it’s not every day that we hear a story about a dog who’s about 20-years-old and going strong. When we heard the story of Taz, a Pomeranian mix adopted in 1999 at the age of 7, we knew we had to share it with you.
Taz’s mom, Jill, shared all of the details of this fella’s life and described how when she and her daughter went to the Boston Adoption Center they saw this “little 7 year old dog in this big cage and that was it, love at first sight.” She went on to say “he hasn’t left my side ever since.” Taz must know that he found his way into a good home and he shows his thankfulness by how loyal and protective he is of his family. Jill says “he is only 7 pounds, but he thinks he is 107 pounds.” Like many small dogs, Taz has a BIG personality. He is smart and picky about who he lets into his life, and he seems to be most friendly with dog lovers!
There’s also something extra special about Taz—his love for senior citizens. One senior in particular, Jill’s mother-in-law, brings out the best in him. When Jill’s mother-in-law -who has Alzheimer’s – would visit, he would cuddle up next to her and follow her everywhere she went. It was as though Taz knew that she needed him and he just wouldn’t leave her side. Taz’s mom says that “Taz was an angel sent to make people happy…He is a blessing and he deserves all of the spoiling, enabling and love we give him!”
We are so happy that Taz found such a wonderful forever family that enjoys spending every moment with him. Thank you to Taz’s family for sharing his fantastic story with us. Taz, we wish you many more years of health and happiness!
Taz just might be our oldest living, canine ARL of Boston alum. Do any of you have a canine League Alum who’s older than 20 years? Share your story with us!