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Stinky update: There’s life in the old boy yet

Time for an update on Stinky Madison, the stray and hopeless dog found in a downtown Baltimore parking lot, and taken in by a good samaritan.

sitnky2In a nutshell, Stinky — who appeared pretty much on death’s doorstep (left) when Matthew Wagner found him, Facebooked him, Craigslisted him, and raised enough money on the Internet and among his co-workers to get him medical attention — is thriving, healthy and available for adoption, as you can see in Matthew’s video (above).

Matthew reports: “Stinky is doing great. He really is getting better every day. He still spends most of his time sleeping in his kennel, but is getting used to having somebody pet him and rub his tummy.

“We’re doing three or four walks a day and he’s been great around my dog, other folks and other dogs. He loves sniffing around in Patterson Park.

stinky3“He’s up for adoption. Kim at the Bulldog Rescue Farm offered to set up a Petfinder page for him.

“I have directed a few people over there to begin the adoption process. I am trying to schedule a visit with some one from Sparks, MD now who has a nice farm were she trains horses.”

Meanwhile, Stinky’s staying with Matthew and his other dog (left).

Interest in Stinky, like the donations that paid for his medical care, have come from as far away as California, but, as of today, no adoption has been finalized.

The Petfinder page describes Stinky, estimated to be about 10,  as  a dog who was “barely able to stand when he was found cold & hungry in a Baltimore parking lot,” but is now “warm and healthy.  Stinky will be a dream dog for almost any family, he’s housebroken, walks great on a leash and is well socialized with both people and other dogs. He’s got a bit of stiffness in his back legs, which should be easily manageable with daily glucosamine, about $17/month.”


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time October 31, 2009 at 5:59 pm

If anybody is wondering about adopting an older dog, I can tell you that it can be very rewarding. For one thing, housebreaking is not such a huge issue. Neither are the old standby obedience commands. Older dogs either know them already or can attend to you long enough to understand what it is you want. They’re not as easily distracted as pups. They’re generally delighted to take nice walks (or moseys) with you–then curl up beside you or at your feet. Bad habits can usually be addressed–contrary to the proverb, you really can teach an old dog new tricks. (We’ve actually come a long way towards curing the Beagle of his separation anxiety by following a few simple suggestions provided by Aja at Muttmagic.) Older dogs are happy to lie in a warm, sunny window until you’re ready to play, and they can be just as playful as their younger associates. We haven’t had too many age-related medical issues–a couple of teeth, and a bit of slowness now going upstairs. But the vet bills have been just about the same. Older dogs have so much to offer. I hope that if you’re considering adopting Stinky, you won’t let his age be a barrier. He has so much love to give you, and he’ll enrich your life in ways you can’t imagine.

Comment from HOB
Time November 1, 2009 at 10:40 am

When I get a bigger place to live, I will definately give a couple of seniors a retirement home. You can’t go wrong with a senior dog.

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