Sweet dog stories, thanks for sharing. Deeply miss having a dog in my life.
Three years ago we had our 15 year old malmute and I approached Mrs. Seaoat and said I wanted a puppy on my bucket list. She goes I do not think I can handle a puppy and some of your issues at the same time. I go Ok, I understand.
Well suddenly my daughter's German shepard who had lived with us as a pup when she was in law school had to be put down with liver cancer, and my SIL was devastated, as was my daughter, and both my wife and I had a huge hole because the shepard was mothered by our dog and she had just been at our home running the islands. She would beg to come to the islands. Well my daughter said they wanted to get two rescue pups, and Mrs. Seaoat said how about us taking one of the pups and if after I pass she cannot handle the pup, they could have their two pups. Well the pups arrive and my wife lets them pick first, we get the left over as the dogs were mostly german shepard, but they were definitely mutt with a big portion of hound.
Well Ellie her sister is bigger and less Shepard, while our Wilma is more Shepard, but she has a beagle butt, and the smartest dog we have ever owned. We call her sister box of rocks as a family, but the funniest thing is that my wife who was reluctant is hooked on this dog and you could not separate the two if you tried.
She worried that a dog at our age would handcuff us, but we have found that hotels welcome dogs and with the internet we do not even make reservations and just walk in and set up. She is cool when we are gone and she does not whine or bark because she understands the routine, and when we travel we try to find dog parks, but having the freedom to run on three miles of roads on the islands, she gets homesick quickly.
I would suggest talking to friends if they would be willing to keep a dog for a few days if you had to travel by plane, but the companionship and knowing what happens to rescue dogs without adoption makes for a perfect match. Also, I believe retired people do a better job spending time with a pup so they do not get anxious with everybody at school or work. We have never had a three year old who is so confident and non anxious. She does not like fireworks, but she is very happy otherwise, and has been a great bucket list addition. She spent a year with the 15 year old who mothered her and made her feel secure, and since the 15 year old passed she regularly spends play time with her sister......like I said a dog's life is pretty sweet.