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Take a look at Jennie, and you might guess her search for a new home could last a while.

One eye, 9 years old, a bit set in her ways, arthritis. But a local couple was looking for someone like her to love and spoil. They would soon cross paths at just the right time.

But how did we get to this love story? Well, Jennie started out at a local animal control shelter when she found herself with no one to call her own. She needed a lot more than a new home, though: There are the dogs who need a typical amount of time with a veterinarian…and then there’s Jennie.

Thanks to a partnership with the Connecticut Humane Society, the animal control officer brought Jennie to CHS for the extensive medical treatment she needed, and, when she was ready, adoption. And thankfully, care for senior dogs like Jennie is supported through a partnership with The Grey Muzzle Organization when they come from animal control to CHS.

Jennie still had both eyes at that point, with one bulging, painful and blind from glaucoma. That was her biggest medical challenge, but other ailments needed to be addressed, too. CHS’ veterinary team got to work, providing supplements for her arthritis, operating on her lumps and bumps, removing her damaged eye, and prescribing a special diet for early kidney disease.

Lest anyone think she was old and fragile, Jennie ran and rolled in the grass in CHS’ outdoor playpen. She loved taking tennis balls back to her bed. And when she found a toy she loved, she wanted to be left alone for chew time.

Meanwhile, the local couple searching for a nice senior dog reached out to CHS. When they heard about Jennie being cleared for adoption, they couldn’t believe it—they’d previously seen her on the animal control shelter’s website before she came to CHS, and wondered why she was no longer listed there.

They came to pick her up at CHS and make the adoption official. She loved making snow angels in their yard during the last winter storm. And most days, she can be found lying in sunbeams while cuddling a toy.

“Jennie is very, very happy and loving life,” her new people say. “She is very loved.”

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