I hope that this story will encourage others to consider adopting an older dog. My 14-year-old Lab/Chessie mix (an AHS alum) had passed away, and after a period of mourning, I decided that I needed a dog in my life again. I really enjoyed my dog's "golden years" and decided to adopt an older dog. It was my lucky day when I found Gunner, a 10-year-old lab on the Animal Humane Society website. She had lived with dogs, cats, kids, the whole 9 yards, but had lost her home to foreclosure! It was pretty much love at first sight as far as I was concerned. And she REALLY wanted to get out of the shelter and go to a new home. With a new name (she is Sunny now) and a new little "pack" that includes two very welcoming and laid-back cats (also AHS alums) she is very, VERY much at home a year and a half later. I am so happy to have found her, and I have no doubt that she is thrilled to have found us. I deeply appreciate the sacrifice that her first family made in giving her up. They raised a wonderful dog, and I am the beneficiary of their love and labor. You would never guess that this girl is now going on 12!