November is Adopt A Senior Month. I know that many people are reluctant to adopt an old dog, but I hope to change some minds with this cutie pie Pug, El Guapo. Sadly, El Guapo crossed the rainbow bridge, but not before he made himself one of the family! These pictures by April and Bryan Photography show just how wonderful senior dogs are!
From April: “El Guapo’s humans adopted him late in his life. He wasn’t in good health when he joined the family, had lost his hearing, and was not able to move easily. They loved him when others wouldn’t have. El Guapo’s momma knew that his health was getting worse, and wanted a session highlighting their precious fur baby. Just a few weeks after we did this session, El Guapo passed. While the loss hit the family hard, they are so happy to have these images.“
From Lina: “We adopted El Guapo because it was love at first sight. He was in a dog pen and walking around to everyone that came by looking for someone to pet him. When someone walked away, he would go to the next person looking for more pets. He was just very lovable, and all he wanted was a home where he could share his love and cuddles. El Guapo was happy sleeping under Dan’s desk while Dan worked. He would go to your feet, and kind of clawed at your toes to get your attention, this was his way of asking for pets and attention.
El Guapo was a fantastic dog. He was lovable, patient, and just wanted to be with us when he could be. Puppies are great, but there is a different kind of love with senior dogs. It was great having him live out his retirement with us.”
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About April and Bryan Photography: Located in Reinholds, Pennsylvania, Bryan and April are a husband and wife team that specializes in portraits and wedding photography.
Denise Gruzensky says
We adore our senior rescue Shasta. I think his age has a lot to do with how calm he is and makes him a great therapy dog!
El Guapo was quite the cutie. These pictures are so beautiful, too. I wish more people would think about adopting senior pets.
Joely Smith says
I am so so sorry to hear El Guapo is no longer with us. I know he is over the rainbow bridge now with full health and having a great time playing with the other furbabies who have crossed. Blessings to you for taking in senior dogs. We all need to do this.
Ruth Epstein says
OMG he was adorable, there is something so special about pugs. I rescued Layla when she was 5 and the best move I ever did, she has been with me for 5 years and we are growing old together 🙂
Hindy Pearson says
Too cute, and how wonderful to read about a family kind enough to give a home to a senior. If only more people were this compassionate. Let’s hope it catches on!!
The Tribe of Five at Feline Opines says
RIP El Guapu, you were a handsome fellow. And thanks to the humans who gave him a forever home.
Pawesome Cats says
I love stories of people who open their homes and hearts to senior dogs ~ great story.
Those are some awesome photos. El Gupao looks so sweet. Very lucky to have that happiness…I love when people adopt a senior. My niece just adopted a senior Pomeranian whose human has now been placed in nursing care.
El Guano is adorable in these photos. I am So sorry his time with his people was not longer but so very happy he had that time. I have two seniors and they are more beautiful to me today, than yesterday.
Such a precious boy!
Jan K says
Oh my gosh, what a cutie! It is so heartwarming that El Guapo got to live out the rest of his life in a happy home. Seniors are the best, and just as cute as puppies!
Cathy Armato says
Oh my goodness, El Guapo is just that, a handsome little man! Lovely tribute to senior dogs, El Guapo clearly had so much more to give, I’m so happy he found a loving home to live out his life. This hat looks soooo adorable on him!
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them
Dash Kitten Crew says
Oh what a sweetheart. He rminds me of our seniors, such dignity and so confident!
We couldn’t agree more – There is something so special about senior dogs.
Also, so glad that El Guapo got to spend his final days in a loving home – And that they have these wonderful images to cherish and remember him by!
Lola The Rescued Cat says
OH, what a little cutie! We’re so glad he lived out his retirement in a happy home.
Golden Daily Scoop says
These are gorgeous shots! Seniors are the best and if you ask me they are just as cute as puppies! 🙂
Sweet Purrfections says
How nice El Guapo had the opportunity to spend his senior years with a loving family.
Tonya Wilhelm says
Senior pets are so special and have so much to give. They are out of that crazy puppy stage and are ready to enjoy life and be with their people. Thanks for sharing.
Tenacious Little Terrier says
I love the idea of senior shoots. He looks like such a sweet little boy.
Awe! What a cutie. Senior dogs rock!
Lina Hinh says
Hi Everyone! I just wanted to say thank you for all the kind remarks. El Guapo was a fantastic dog, and we do still miss him everyday. He was a very sweet boy, and anyone who met him always told us how wonderful and good he was. 🙂 Thank you so much!
Thanks so much Lina for opening your heart to a senior dog!
Jodi Stone says
I love that there are people out there, who will see the potential and love in the senior dogs. Thanks for sharing El Guano’s story, I’m so glad he found someone to love him.
I am too Jodi! I hope that his story will inspire other people to adopt senior dogs.