Fergus, was his greatest friend to the end.

Q. My dog is too old to be adoptable but my house is in foreclosure and I am moving to a homeless shelter. Should I have him put down now?

Lisa Raymond, BA from Western Illinois University

My son died in August 2018. His 11 year old Golden Retriever, Fergus, was his greatest friend to the end. Fergus was right beside Andy when his body was found. I feared nobody would understand how important he was to Andy, so Fergus now lives with me. He is sitting beside me right now making sure I am happy. If he thinks I am sad, he lays his head on my lap and gives me puppy eyes. We grieved together and now are healing together.

Your dog is important and made your life better, so don’t give up on him too quickly. There are rescues that take elderly dogs. There are angels masquerading as humans that only adopt older animals needing a home. Maybe a relative could take your friend until you get back on your feet. There are even shelters in some states that allow people to keep their dogs with them.

I will be thinking of you and your friend. Please let us know how things turn out.

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