Yesterday at my local dog off-leash park I chatted with Frank Abrams .Over the last few years we have gotten to know each other; as I’ve mentioned before, dogs are wonderful connectors.The picture above is his dog Quincee, at the off leash park. Frank asked about my blog and what I’ve written about lately. Then, to my delight, he mentioned that he had a great story to share.
As I listened I became drawn into the story and realized that this was a wonderful tale to share. It is a heartwarming story of a dog making a difference in a senior’s life.
The following is Munchkin’s story told by Frank.
“Munchkin is a little 11-year-old white poodle. The story begins with my mother-in-law Oshie, her live-in caregiver Bing, and my wife Bonnie. Up at the retirement residence where Oshie and Bing live, Munchkin lived for many years with another resident. Bing helped out by walking Munchkin and taking her outside to do her business. It was the only time the dog left the apartment, except when Bing took Munchkin to the vet.
When the other resident was being packed up to leave the residence, Bing took Munchkin in for a few days so that she would be out of the way. Wow there was new excitement for Oshie and Bing! It was apparent for a while that Munchkin needed an “owner” who could look after her, but as things went, the offer to take care of Munchkin was declined, and everyone said their goodbyes. Bye Bye Munchkin!
As it happens, Bonnie has a strange hobby of checking out Petfinder. Usually it’s to find a live-in partner for our own dog Quincee. Why? I’m not quite sure, maybe so I will have two dogs to walk, and Quincee will have non-stop entertainment. Sounds good in theory, but I’ve never been sure that Quincee is the kind of dog that would like that. We’re always looking at pictures of dogs needing a new home; little dogs, big dogs, dogs that “nip” just a little, dogs with health issues and on and on. We’ve tried a few times to adopt another dog, but it never went through, and it seemed like it just wasn’t meant to be.
After the experience of Munchkin’s short stay with Oshie, Bonnie was back on Petfinder. And wouldn’t you know it — within a week of Munchkin leaving the residence… There she was. Up for adoption!
Bonnie contacted Carol at Happy Tails Rescue and asked whether the dog was Munchkin? We love Munchkin! We want Munchkin! We all thought this would be a great thing for Oshie and Bing. Having a dog around like Munchkin brings fun and activities. Oshie doesn’t remember names, and is very quiet these days.
When Carol at Happy Tails Rescue heard the story behind Munchkin, Bing and Oshie, and saw some pictures of the happy group, it was only a matter of days before Munchkin walked back into the residence with a spring in her step, happy to be home again in a place that she knew. To hear Oshie say “Cmon Munchkin, let’s go” is truly remarkable since she doesn’t remember names.
A special thank you to Carol and Sue from Happy Tails who did a great job doing what’s best for little Munchkin!
P.S. I’m still only walking one dog.”
Frank Abrams http://zenpeak.com/
I found Munchkin’s story magical. The relationship this tiny little dog had with many was quite special. Bing had a little place in this dog’s heart for her devotion getting it out for walks and giving it TLC. She obviously saw the potential this canine had for lifting Oshie’s spirits and others in the Retirement Home.
Bonnie was instrumental in her search for a second family dog; she actually “won the lottery” discovering Munchkin on the adoption site and made the connection. Her perseverance ultimately created the happy ending to this story. All were amazed when Oshie remembered the dog’s name despite forgetting the names of family members and other loved ones. They are hopeful Oshie may regain recognition with her time spent with Munchkin. Miracles come in all sizes and forms – miracle took canine form.
If you have enjoyed this story about a dog and a senior check out some other of my tales on this topic.
This one is about a senior encounter at a local park. It spread across the United States with great speed a month after I published it.
I also wrote about visiting my father in his long-term care facility with one of my dogs. We continue to visit on a regular basis.
Do you know of a dog that has made a profound difference in a person’s life? Please share in the comments section.
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