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Brotherly Love

Even senior pups like Chief and Champ sometimes find themselves alone in the world.

By Sandra N. Martinez-Gonzalez

November is Adopt-A-Senior-Dog Month.  To honor older homeless dogs and call attention to their wonderful qualities and nature, here is a story about two senior brothers that were rescued and rehomed by Heaven Can Wait Animal Society.

While online searching the Heaven Can Wait website, Anne and Frank Opzedek came across two Golden retrievers who they instantly fell in love with. The dogs had been returned by their previous owners because they were not able to keep them any longer.

The couple learned that Golden retrievers are a very gentle breed and could not bear to separate Chief and Champ. Anne said she opted for adopting older dogs because she did not have enough time to train puppies. One of the benefits of being the owner of an older dog is they don’t take much time to train.

Older dogs still like to have fun playing around.

Chief and Champ are 6 and 7 years-old and very loving towards their owners which is common in senior dogs.  Anne stated, “They are wonderful and love to play with one another, but just like in every family there is sibling rivalry.” They sound like lions roaring when they’re in the backyard competing over a bird.  But there is a lot of love to share between them, they give each other kisses and will sit on your lap looking into your eyes before they go in for the kiss.

Anne and Frank have a grandchild which the dogs love, and the boys have even made new friends at PetSmart where they are taken for training. All in all it sounds like Chief and Champ have been having a goodtime.  They have their own room and are constantly receiving new toys because Champ chews right through them. Congratulations Anne and Frank on your wonderful boys and thank you so much for saving a life!

Older dogs make great companions and generally have an easy transition to a new family.

Heaven Can Wait dog adoptions are held every Saturday at Bogart’s Bone Appetit on Fort Apache and W. Tropicana.  Click Here to see all the dogs waiting for their forever homes.  Cats are adopted Thursday – Sunday inside Petsmart at 7050 Arroyo Crossing Pkwy (off I-215 and S. Rainbow.)


2 Responses

  1. LOVE the seniors! I adopted an 8 y/o Yellow Lab. That was 7 years ago and he’s still trucking along!

    What are Chief & Champ mixed with??? Chow, maybe? They’re gorgeous but they don’t look like purebred Goldens.

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