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'My Old Dog' Shares Feel-Good Stories of Senior Animal Adoptions—And We Want To Hear Yours

All Animals magazine, January/February 2016

Sunny, the inspiration for the book My Old Dog, was 16 years old when photographer Lori Fusaro brought her home. Photo by Lori Fusaro.

Journalist Laura T. Coffey expected it to be like every other story—write it and move on. But this one, about a photographer who adopted a senior dog, didn’t go away.

“It had legs,” Coffey, a writer/editor for Today.com, says with a laugh. “I guess it had four legs.”

NBC Nightly News, The Associated Press and other outlets picked it up, and soon people all over the world were reading about Lori Fusaro and 17-year-old Sunny.

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The tale of a senior dog getting a second chance launched an outpouring of support, inspired a multitude of readers to adopt older animals and ultimately led to Coffey and Fusaro collaborating on a new book called My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts. The book offers inspiring tales of dogs—including George Clooney’s spaniel Einstein—who had run out of options until someone gave them a home.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or how much money you have, this kind act of taking in an older animal just makes your life better,” Coffey says.

Do you have a story to share? We want to hear how saving a senior animal has, in turn, saved you. Send us 150 words or fewer, along with a photo and contact information. We’ll feature some of your second-chance stories in a future issue of our member magazine, All Animals.

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