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Original post made by Jim Telfer, Downtown, on May 20, 2013

Hi, my name is Stanley and this is my story. How does an eight year old dog end up at the shelter? Why did my owners leave me there? I have been a good dog, I protected my family and was a loyal pet. I am also extremely handsome if I do say so myself. Even though my family left me in the yard most of the time and ignored me, I still love people. I am housebroken, I sleep well all night and I don't chew anything. I may have chewed a few things when I was young, okay a lot of things, but I am totally over that puppy stage now even though I’m still young at heart.

My old owners dropped me off at the East County Animal Shelter. I was very unhappy there even though the nice Tri-Valley Animal Rescue volunteers would walk me and pet me every day. I didn't understand why I was there so I became very sad and I had a wound on my side. The TVAR volunteer people said I needed a foster home, some professional training and some veterinary care. They said it was a lot to invest in an older dog but with the Maddie’s Treatable Assistance Program to offset some of the cost they could take the chance. So, that is when my life started to get better. I was taken to a foster home where I was given veterinary care, good food, a great bed and some love and attention. It was awesome! Then when they felt I was healthy and strong enough I went into professional training. I went to Diablo K9 Academy where I met Shane the trainer. He has taught me so much and I am behaving like a champ.
Now all I need is my forever home. Tri-Valley Animal Rescue and Maddie’s Treatable Assistance Program have enabled me to get everything I need to be an amazing and healthy pet.

I know I am a little older, but I still have a lot to give a family. I will be loyal and protect you and your home. I come with 3 free training sessions so I will stay on my good behavior and you can learn all of the things I have learned! Will someone out there please give me a chance at a forever happy home? If you are my new forever family, please email my foster mom at .

I am also planning to be at the special Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days weekend at the Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton on Saturday, June 1st and 2nd. Will you come meet me?


Stanley Labrador


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Posted by anon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Stanley, I am sorry you can't join our family as you look like you would be a wonderful addition to any family. You are in great hands with the organizations helping you and I feel sure you will find a new home.

A fellow Labrador

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Posted by two-dog owner
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Stanley - I cannot answer why anyone would abandon an 8-year-dog. All I can say for sure - they did not deserve you, and I pray that you will find your next owner is much more rewarding to love! I hope you move into my neighborhood.

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Posted by Pepper
a resident of Donlon Elementary School
on May 21, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Stanley still has a good many years to enjoy. He can live to be 15yrs or so. Why do people think a dog is too old unless it is a puppy? People do not give it thought to how long a dog can be around, need to look @ their age too. Do you have good years left to be able to raise a puppy to adulthood and not have to abandon it!! Another way to look @ it, my sons are in elementary school they will be in college when their dog is "old"

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on Jun 4, 2017 at 7:07 pm

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