A young boy visits a shelter and adopts the shelter’s oldest dog.

Shey was surrendered to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa by his family in November of 2017. The family of the miniature poodle was relocating. And he wasn’t going with them. He was 14 years old at the time.

Shey had dental disease, and the shelter discovered it when he was vetted; he only had one tooth that hadn’t succumbed to rot. He needed to be neutered as well. He received the medical attention he required, but seniors frequently languish in shelters. Shey was toothless, deaf, and partially blind.

The folks at the Dodo wrote, “There wasn’t exactly a line out the door of adopters waiting to meet him.”

But then there was Tristan.

Tristan was unconcerned about any of the factors that made Shey a less-than-appealing candidate for adoption. He and his mother were looking for a small, cuddly dog. They were put together by the staff and were a perfect match.

Jessica Jorgenson, the rescue’s digital content coordinator, told The Dodo, “Shey is super sweet and wants to be near people all the time.”

Those present said Shey’s face lit up with delight when he was placed in Tristan’s lap! Shey, too, felt secure in the boy’s warm embrace.

Tristan was sat down by the adoption staff, who carefully explained all of Shey’s special needs. He listened as intently as she did.

“He was very slow with his actions because he understood Shey couldn’t hear what was going on and might not be able to see things clearly,” Jorgenson said. “He was simply respectful of Shey’s abilities and limitations.”

During the meeting, Tristan even took out his phone to take notes on what to bring to the vet for future vaccinations! He informed the staff that he had set aside a special spot in his room for their new member of the family.

During the meeting, Tristan even took out his phone to take notes on what to bring to the vet for future vaccinations! He informed the staff that he had set aside a special spot in his room for their new member of the family.

Jorgenson continued, “He was so considerate of Shey’s special needs.” “Tristan is a mature young man who asks a lot of questions.”

It was a no-brainer after seeing how ready the young boy was for a dog — and the fact that he was so responsible about adopting a senior dog was just another plus.

Shey’s new favorite place is in Tristan’s arms, despite the special place in Tristan’s room!

Despite the fact that Tristan spent a few sad months waiting for a new family, he is now helping to make up for lost time. There were also a lot of misplaced snuggles.

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