Bonded Marley & Milly Left Devastated After Their Human Suffers Debilitating Stroke

Bonded Marley & Milly Left Devastated After Their Human Suffers Debilitating Stroke


It's tough for animals to be uprooted from all they've ever known at any age, but for those animals that are older and bonded, the upheaval can be especially traumatic. That's the case for a sweet pair of older canines that have found themselves in a delicate situation ever since their human had a debilitating stroke and can no longer care for them.

Their names are Milly and Marley, and this is their story:

Adoptable Marley

Gentle giant Marley is a wonderful canine companion to his sister, Milly. Their owner initially adopted Milly as a puppy, believing she was a Lab, and when Milly did not grow into one, she went and got Marley as a puppy. They were turned into Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue and are now being cared for in a foster home. Their foster mom believes that Marley and Milly's exemplary behavior in her home reflects how well taken care of and well-loved they were in their former home.

Both have lived with a cat and are considered completely trustworthy in the house when the humans are out. Six-year-old Marley is housebroken and rarely barks. He likes to keep himself busy with a Nylabone, chew toy, tennis ball, or a nice long nap. Marley also enjoys an occasional dip in the pool at his foster residence. He's described as having a wonderful temperament, seemingly happy all the time.

Marley does have some medical issues of which a potential adopter should be aware. That includes arthritic hips and a "wonky" gait, but when he is happy and sees a human, you would never know it with the way his whole body wiggles. Because of the arthritis, he may need an anti-inflammatory or pain medication going forward. Marley also has allergies and has been prescribed the allergy medication Apoquel.

Marley rides well in the car, but needs assistance getting in. Losing weight will help his situation all around. He weighed 110 pounds when he was surrendered, and his ideal weight should be about 90 pounds, so he is on a reduced-calorie diet for now. His adopter must be committed to maintaining his weight-loss goal so that he can live his best dog life.

Marley is looking for a person or family to give him the love that he knows he will return to them exponentially, as he falls instantly in love with any human who looks his way.

Adoptable Milly

Milly is a petite, 45-pound mix that's been lovingly described as "all one looks for in a doggie companion." She is friendly to humans and other dogs, completely housebroken and trustworthy indoors, walks well on a leash, rides well in cars, and barks only to alert her humans.

Contrary to what one would expect of an 8-year-old pupper, she has a good energy level and enjoys chasing after a frisbee and playing with dog toys, particularly chew toys. Milly occasionally "talks" to her people, walking up to them and uttering a single quiet "woof" when she wants attention. When humans ask her a question, her head tilts back and forth in interest, if not comprehension. Milly takes treats so gently that your hand will barely feel a whisker.

Of course, everyone has at least one bad habit. Milly does occasionally jump on humans who allow it and does occasionally lift her paws to the counter to investigate the kitchen.

Milly and Marley have a wonderful bond. Despite their great size difference, they are good companions for each other and fantastic companions for their people when they're home. The pair are looking for a kind person or family to enjoy life with. If you think you could be a good home for Milly and Marley, fill out an adoption application or reach out to DLRR for more info.

Rebecca West

Rebecca is a writer and editor for both print and digital with a love for travel, history, archaeology, trivia, and architecture. Much of her writing has focused on human and animal health and welfare. A life-long pet owner, she has taken part in fostering dogs for military members during deployment and given many rescued and surrendered dogs the forever home they always wanted. Her two favorite canine quotes are, "Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are," and "My dog rescued me."

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