How One Family's Love For Their Senior Dog Changed The Lives Of 1000’s Of Others

Against advice from her family and friends, Erin Stanton and her husband Brandon took a chance that not only changed their lives forever, but also the lives of thousands of others.

Wanting to adopt a dog, they decided on a senior dog named Susie. For 5 years, Susie gave the family exactly what they were looking for - love, companionship, and amazing memories. Susie passed away on April 22, 2016, but her legacy lives on...

Whoever said, "Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog," truly understands the value of loving a senior dog. You may get less time with them, but that doesn't mean they give you any less love. Senior dogs are truly something special and they deserve just as much love as any other dog.

This is not something Erin and Brandon fully understood until the loss of their senior dog Susie. Being so inspired by the impact she had on their lives in such a short amount of time, the husband and wife duo started non-profit Susie's Senior Dogs, which helps place homeless senior dogs into their forever homes. With such a stigma around adopting dogs, especially senior shelter dogs who have shorter lives, it is hard for senior dogs to find reliable homes.

Luckily, these senior dogs have Erin. Thanks to her past PR skills, she's now able to bring awareness to senior dogs through her social media accounts and her book "Susie's Senior Dogs." And thanks to her collaborative program, Susie's Senior Dogs she's able to help senior dogs get a new leash on life.

"Older dogs are really great companions... bringing home a senior dog who needs a good home is so beautiful and such a special experience," says Susie's Senior Dogs founder Erin Stanton.

Not convinced? Read 7 reasons to adopt a senior dog and you'll change your mind!

By Nicole Pajer According to most veterinarians, a dog falls into the “senior" category around age seven. The size of a dog, however, affects this categorization. Smaller dogs mature slower and become seniors later in life than larger dogs. Animal shelters are filled with healthy and active senior dogs that are in need of a home. When you're thinking about picking up a dog from your local shelter, don't look past the older dogs. They make great pets for a number of reasons.

Learn more about the value of loving a senior dog at Mr. Mo Project and Tracy's Dogs.

And for an extra-special bonus, Mr. Mo Project teamed up with singer/songwriters Dan Tillery and David G to write a happy and heartwarming song about senior dog adoption. You can download the song Never Too Old To Love on Amazon - http://amzn.to/2tEJqNI.

This HooplaHa original video was produced by Tracy Chevrier, shot by Chris Willmore, and edited by Kellie Sieban. To see more inspiring news, follow us on Facebook and sign up for our Only Good News Newsletter.


World Water Day: A Look At Paul Newman's Philanthropic Legacy

Do you know how many children day every day from water-borne diseases?

Keep reading... Show less

Low-Income Students Get To Plant Seeds Of Change In This New Community Garden

Started as a social experiment in Venice Beach, California, the Community Healing Gardens has grown into so much more. Co-founder Nicole Landers initially wanted to develop a framework for introducing new and long-standing residents of her neighborhood to one another, and her mind made a natural leap.

Keep reading... Show less

Deaf Choreographer Creates Touching Ballet For Deaf And Hearing Communities Alike

BalletNext's search for innovation led the New York City-based company and its Artistic Director Michele Wiles to a first-of-its-kind production, a ballet called "Follin."

Keep reading... Show less

When Music and Cultural Heritage Combine, You Get INTEMPO

In a sun-filled church in Stamford, Connecticut, a small group of young students sit with their musical instruments. Among them are many instruments you'd expect to see in a classroom—like violins and guitars—and also several that you may have never seen before, like the South American Charango and a Caribbean steel drum. That would give you your first hint that you're not looking at a standard music class. This is an INTEMPO class.

Keep reading... Show less

Give Kids A Smile Program Has Promoted Health and Confidence for 15 Years

Since 2003, the ADA Foundation has offered an annual free program at New York City schools called Give Kids A Smile. The program, New York City Dental Society's largest community-focused event, unites dentists, orthodontists, dental staff, and other volunteers to provide screenings and oral health education to students, their parents, and teachers.

Keep reading... Show less

3 Celebrities Are Following Their Passions For Helping Others

Sometimes celebrities get a bad rap for being self-centered, but not these celebrities! These 3 celebrities are following their passions outside of the music, television, and film industries, and as a result, they're helping others!

Keep reading... Show less

From Near-Death To The Olympics: A Transformation That Will Inspire You

AJ Muss is just 23 years old, but his has been an eventful life so far. As an alpine snowboarder, AJ qualified for this year's Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, competing for Team USA— but that's not the only reason we love his story. We've already seen a number of new young American stars be made on the mountain during these Olympic Games, including fellow snowboarders and gold medalists Chloe Kim and Red Gerard. When AJ competes in the Men's Parallel Giant Slalom beginning later this week, we hope to see him shine as brightly as his teammates have so far.

Keep reading... Show less

Universal FanCon Celebrates Diversity and All Who Love Pop Culture!

The inaugural Universal FanCon (FanCon) is the first large-scale, 24-hour, inclusive event that celebrates the diversity of fans, the diversity of fandom, the true needs of those who love pop culture and a celebration of the differences that make us strong. Hosted at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD, April 27-29, 2018, FanCon's mission is to create a sense of belonging by providing authentic connections and experiences through fan-centric parties, programs, panels and partners.

Keep reading... Show less