Older dogs have a hard time of it. They are so often left behind and forgotten in rescue shelters, while younger dogs get quickly snapped up.
That's why Rachel's story is particularly special.
This 9-year-old Labrador-Hound mix was a stray dog before she was rescued by the Pets and People Humane Society in Yukon, Oklahoma.
She was a bundle of energy and passion from the beginning. Edy, a board member at the Pets and People Humane Society, told The Dodo in a recent interview:
When she was younger, she was a handful to walk…As she aged, she mellowed and got much better with other dogs and did really good with the boy playmates.
Rachel spent seven long years at the shelter, where nobody was willing to give this adorable dog a forever home. During a life lived mainly at the shelter, she became a lot gentler, sweeter, and even more eager for individual attention.
Though she had a fun-filled life of playing with her friends and going on walks, all Rachel wanted was a proper home.
At last, she got what she was looking for!
After Rachel was featured by Susie's Senior Dogs, an organisation helping older dogs to find new homes, she found her adoptive mum almost straight away.
The 9-year-old dog finally got a forever home with Laura. She's enjoying the life she always deserved, going for rides with her mum and even going to work with her!
Laura says in a Facebook post that Rachel "never makes a peep, never barks, never runs – she is as perfect a dog as I have ever had. I am blessed to have found her." It looks like the two of them will be very happy together!
It's fantastic to hear stories of senior dogs finding new homes, but there are still so many more out there. The Mr. Mo Project was set up to help older dogs across the country. You can support their work here.
H/t: @The Dodo