After his elderly owner went into a nursing facility, a basset dog called Bo showed up at an Alabama shelter in July. Bo was a senior citizen, according to his owner’s family, who stated he was 20 years old.
After the shelter’s post about Bo went viral, Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue, a local rescue organization, agreed to take him in. Reba Morse, the founder of Sandy Wayne Sanctuary of Hope, saw the rescue group’s article about Bo and liked it.
Morse told The Dodo, “I just saw his face, and I couldn’t turn away from him.” “He had the most beautiful tiny face, and I like elderly men.” I sent them a note saying, ‘I’m here if you need me.'”
Morse looks for a lot of older dogs at Sandy Wayne Refuge of Hope, so the rescue organization felt Morse’s sanctuary would be ideal for him. Bo, on the other hand, went to the vet before moving in with Morse.
Bo turned out to be in excellent health, indicating that he had been well-loved and cared for by his previous owner. The vet, on the other hand, wasn’t sure Bo was 20 years old; he estimated he was closer to 14 or 15 years old.
“We don’t think he’s nearly 20, but we know he’s very, very old,” the vet stated, according to Morse. “It’s difficult to say how old he is, but he’s well into his senior years.”
Morse didn’t care about Bo’s age since she was determined to give her the best life she could at her refuge.
“He’s free to come in and out of the home as he pleases, but he prefers to stay outside,” Morse added. “He’s very much making the decision on what he wants to do as long as he’s with us.”
“He enjoys being handled and receiving attention,” Morse continued. “He can still run a little bit, but just for a few seconds at a time. He takes a lot of rests, but he appears to be having a good time.”
Bo was also a quick learner when it came to making new acquaintances. Pappy, an 18-year-old beagle, has become a particular friend to him.
“They get along pretty well,” Morse explained. “They simply sleep and sleep all day.”
Normally, dogs that are separated from their owners become depressed for a period of time, according to Morse, but Bo seemed unconcerned about his new living circumstances. This isn’t to say Bo didn’t care about his previous owner; Morse feels this is due to Bo’s dementia.
“It’s almost as if he doesn’t realize he’s been separated or that he’s lost his family,” Morse said. “He’s just enjoying himself at the moment.” He’s ecstatic with everything that’s going on for him right now.”