It’s an Honor to Earn the Love of an Older Dog

There’s an old saying that “It’s an honor to earn the love of an old dog.”

Another version says “It’s an honor to deserve the love of an old dog.”

Both of these are true, as we were reminded once again when Capri arrived at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society.  

Capri, an 8-year-old, 55-pound, female, Pit Bull mix, was saved by our rescue partners in Sonora, Mexico. She had been living on the street. Capri spent several months at a shelter before she was transferred to us through the FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters) transport program.

Shortly after arriving, we took Capri to a dog park to get some exercise and observe how she behaved in public. When she got back, her handler reported: 

          Capri did well in the car. She scavenged for food in crevices as we drove.

Not surprising. Capri spent her whole life searching for food. She was still figuring out that those days are over.

An update in her behavior file indicated that Capri was adjusting to her new life.

Capri was happy and met us at the kennel front. She solicits attention right away and sits on the handler’s lap. She leans in for pets and asks for more by getting closer and licking the handler’s face.

In April we named Capri as our Pet of the Week. Her description explained that, “She’s a sweet dog who will do best with a family that can spend lots of time with her. Capri needs to ‘Trade Up.’ If you want what she has, you need to trade her for something just as good, or better. It teaches her that people are givers, not just takers.”  

Today we’re happy to report Capri has been adopted. In her new home she’s giving and receiving the love she deserves. The love that was missing for the first eight years of her life.

Maybe there’s an “experienced” dog or cat at Rancho Coastal Humane Society waiting for you to earn and deserve their love. When you find one that you want to meet, bring your adoption survey and come see us at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas Friday through Monday between 11 AM and 2 PM. For more information log on to or call 760-753-6413.

If this isn’t the right time for you to adopt, please become a virtual foster by sponsoring a pet until it is adopted.