Life's a beach for dogs, seniors

Oct. 7, 2007 at 3:38 PM
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MONROE, Wash., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Elderly pets and elderly citizens joined forces in Monroe, Wash., to enjoy the last warm days before winter as part of a dog rescue shelter's adoption effort.

Pasado's Safe Haven animal shelter is teaming retirees with older dogs abandoned by their owners. Groups of volunteers take the elderly dogs to weekly trips to the beach, which was just right for the tired bodies of all involved.

"It's giving their life back," Pasado's founder Susan Michaels told The Seattle Times.

John Wagner, a Boeing retiree, fosters a deaf and blind cocker spaniel, a Labrador whose previous owners had severed her vocal chords, and five other elderly canines.

"We're a pack," Warner said, covered with sand from a day at the beach.

Pasado's Safe Haven fosters many of the dogs at its American Association for Retired Fidos and Felines, or AARFF.

"They still have a lot of life left," Warner said of his favorite beach buddies.

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