A home for senior dogs: Lizzy turns 13

Sep 23, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo 13-year-old Lizzy finds a home at STAR Ranch in Waynesville.

More than a year ago, Lizzy came to live with Jim Owens, or the "Dogfather," when her owner could no longer care for her. It was impossible to place an 11- year-old dog except at STAR Ranch with Owens.

This year, she turned 13 on Sept. 13, which was also Friday the 13th, in 2013.  That’s four coinciding 13s, which makes Lizzy a very lucky senior dog.

At STAR Ranch, Lizzy has several other senior friends who have found a home with the Dogfather. Some of Lizzy’s friends include Tajma, also 13; Scooby, an unknown age but a senior for sure; Sophie, an 11-year-old fighting cancer; Honey, a senior hound recovered from a gunshot wound; and grey-muzzled Sandy, rescued from the shelter.

Owens feels that every animal should be given the opportunity to live out its life in comfort and in a loving home environment. There is no shortage of seniors needing love and care. Maintaining a happy and active life is the key to staying young at STAR Ranch.

After a short period of moping when she had to leave her owner, Lizzy joined in with the rest of the Dogfather’s “kids” and has become younger with each passing day. Now she is running to greet guests, jumping up for a kiss and enjoying a busy daily routine.

Those who would like to wish Lizzy a happy birthday can visit facebook.com/theDogfatherofSTARRanch.

To help support Lizzy and the other dogs at STAR, contact Jim Owens, the Dogfather, at 400-0182. STAR Ranch is located at 970 Rabbit Skin Road in Waynesville.


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