Puppy With 5 Months To Live Brings A Boost Of Youthful Energy To Senior Dog Retirement Home

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Shelters can be a stressful place for dogs to live, especially if they are nearing the end of their lives. That’s why Vintage Pet Rescue in Rhode Island was created!

Vintage Pet Rescue serves as a doggy retirement home for senior dogs to live out their golden years while receiving the best care and love, instead of being stuck at a shelter.

Vintage Pet Rescue

Vintage Pet Rescue

But senior dogs aren’t the only ones you’ll find at VPR. Their newest member is an 18-month-old puppy named Trigger. Trigger looks like a normal, healthy puppy, but he is actually suffering from Stage 4 renal failure.

Vintage Pet Rescue

Vintage Pet Rescue

Trigger was adopted from Providence Animal Care Center in Pennsylvania but sadly returned because of his excessive urination. It turns out that it was just a symptom of his disease, and this energetic puppy was given just five months to live.

Vintage Pet Rescue

Vintage Pet Rescue

When VPR’s Kristen Peralta heard Trigger’s story, she decided to let him stay at their retirement home, despite his young age. Since being at VPR, Trigger has many friends with many of the senior dogs there. Most of the dogs there spend their time sleeping and cuddling with each other, so welcoming a playful pup was definitely a change.

Vintage Pet Rescue

Vintage Pet Rescue

Trigger’s youthful energy has even brought liveliness to many of the older dogs there. One of the residents, an 11-year-old pit bull named Asher, would always lounge around, but now he enjoys play-wrestling with Trigger!

Vintage Pet Rescue

Vintage Pet Rescue

The staff at VPR is taking great care of Trigger and will make sure his last months are the best possible. Although Trigger is extremely sick, he doesn’t know it. He’ll continue to be the happy, playful pup that he is!

Vintage Pet Rescue

Vintage Pet Rescue

Click here to follow updates on Trigger and the other dogs at Vintage Pet Rescue.

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.