A 19-year-old dog is living his best life with two best friends in Dallas, Texas.
Annie, the black Labrador retriever mix, currently lives with Lauren Siler and Lisa Flores, who also happen to be roommates.
Siler and Flores take in Annie, along with an 18-year-old dog named Tippy. The two foster dogs also live with Flores’ own dog, Jax, and Siler’s two cats, Jenny and Moira.
What prompted Siler and Flores to bring Annie to their already bustling home?
“I was actually in Anchorage, Alaska getting ready to board a flight back to [Dallas] and I saw her photo posted, that someone posted that she was at the shelter, and they were asking for help to rescue,” Siler recalled, speaking to “Good Morning America.” landed in Dallas, showed Lisa Annie’s picture and she was like, ‘We’ve got to catch him.'”
“When Lauren showed me the photo, I obviously fell in love with Annie’s face, and I was also saddened that she was in the shelter at that age,” Flores said. “I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside her as well and help foster Annie. It was just an experience we were willing to embark on.”
Since the end of June, Annie has been pampered and has become the new star of Siler’s Instagram page of @dallasanimalfoster. Siler and Flores have also created a special bucket list for Annie, giving the senior dog all the memorable experiences he can embed in the months to come.
From her epic bucket list so far, Annie has celebrated Christmas in July, been inundated with Valentine’s Day cards, toured burgers, posed for a professional photo shoot, and more.
Next on Annie’s amazing bucket list?
“We’re going to give them cute little chef outfits and let them make homemade dog treats,” Siler said. “And then I think we’ll try to do a chicken nugget tour, similar to the burger tour.”
Siler and Flores hope that by sharing Annie’s story, they can inspire others to help other animals, especially senior animals in need.
“We hope this inspires others to favor or adopt,” Siler said. “My saying throughout this process has been if you can’t adopt then adopt, if you can’t encourage then donate, if you can’t donate then volunteer because it There are so many ways to get involved with animal rescue and it doesn’t have to mean taking an animal into your home forever.”
“I think we owe it to these animals,” Siler added. “They lived their [lives] give people joy, happiness and companionship, and we owe it to them to end it strong.”
Siler and Flores encourage Annie with the financial support of The Pawerful Rescue of Royse City, Texas, a non-profit organization founded by Stephanie Rowe and Duke Hemstreet. The Pawerful Rescue took Annie and her case after she was turned over to Dallas Animal Services, a municipal animal shelter.
“A lot of people don’t know the difference between shelters and rescues,” Rowe told “GMA.” “Rescues generally tend to be non-profit. We work through donations and either help the community or remove the dogs from the shelter.”
Rescues like The Pawerful Rescue provide care for dogs that might otherwise need to be euthanized at shelters that have no more room for them and can’t get them adopted.
“There are a lot of Annies out there. Foster care doesn’t cost the foster family a dime. A good rescue will provide all the supplies you need, take care of all the medical expenses,” Rowe continued. “A lot of senior dogs take medication or need regular blood tests and people don’t want to take on that responsibility financially. So…a responsible rescue will take care of all the financial aspects of that dog.”
“We want to make sure this dog is covered because we are his advocates,” Hemstreet added. “So we have contracts in place and things to make sure that dog is squared and saved for the rest of his life and never ends up in a shelter.”