We're feeling very inspired by a woman named Lori Fusaro of Fusaro Photography.
In the past, she was afraid to adopt an older dog.
"I used to be one of those people who thought my heart couldn't handle bringing an older dog into my life," she said. "That it would be just too painful for me to love a dog knowing their time was limited."
But then she met Sunny. At 16 years old, Sunny was surrendered to a shelter by the family she'd lived with all her life. She had cancer and infected eyes. She was lethargic. She was sad.
Fusaro was taking pictures of senior dogs at the Los Angeles shelter the day Sunny arrived. She said the dog wouldn't even lift her head for a treat.
Fusaro fell in love and adopted Sunny that very day. Her new dog inspired her to begin "Silver Hearts," a photo book now about 80% complete, filled with beautiful pictures of senior dogs.
"I want to change the perception of these wise old souls and inspire others to open their hearts and homes to a mature dogs," said Fusaro. Proceeds will be donated to organizations that save aging dogs.
Now 17 years old, Sunny has a great life in California with Fusaro and a canine sibling. Fusaro said that the time will soon come when she loses Sunny so she wants her time here to be as happy as possible. Check out Fusaro's blog about Sunny and watch the adorable video (left).
"No old dog should be left to die alone, unloved and broken-hearted on a concrete slab in a strange place." ~ Lori Fusaro
Our sincere thanks to all who have opened their heart and home to a senior. Anyone who has ever loved a senior knows the wonderful, loyal companions they are. Don't avoid the opportunity to give one - and yourself - a happier life, regardless of how much time the animal has left. Giving that pet a loving farewell may be the most precious moments of his or her life, and so rewarding for yours.
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