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Peaches & James Trundy Verrill. (Courtesy photo)

You might remember Peaches, the 11½-year-old resident at Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society who was recently adopted by a self-described fellow senior.

(If you don’t remember, see our first post here.)

We got a Peaches update this afternoon and things are going … peachy!

As you’ll see if you read on below, she is a sneaky old gal!

James Trundy Verrill, of McIndoe Falls, Vt., said it took five nights “for the snuggles and kisses to start,” and it looks like they’re in full force now. 

James Trundy Verrill photograph.

Here’s a longer update from James, who, at 70 years old, points out that he’s younger than Peaches — in dog years, at least!

She is settling in — perky, energetic and loving — multiple updates posted on Lucy Mac page — I just now posted this in my private group for friends — LOL! This Darling Princess is not as innocent as she looks 🙂


Between the picture of her dozing on my leg in the van and the picture of her napping in her chair after we got home — Peaches managed to reach and open the leftover salad I was bringing home.


I had left her, thinking all was well, to pick up a prescription. Came back, expecting to see her napping on her van pillow and found her nose deep in my salad! She doesn’t care for mixed greens 🙂 It appears that she ate the turkey, chopped eggs and feta cheese — not all that bad if she is going to steal BUT this had bleu cheese dressing on it — she left the olives, walnuts, beets and mixed greens.


She knew she was caught doing something she wasn’t supposed to be doing! But she has reached a point where she knows she gets a verbal rebuke and is still thoroughly loved! …


As I have said, she is settling in and what I call “shelter shock” is wearing off. That in no way reflects poorly on the Lucy MacKenzie Shelter as Peaches was loved by everyone and spoiled to death there!! As wonderful as it is, it is different from a home and real bed and being catered to around the clock 🙂 🙂


So now we wait and see how her system handles her stolen snack. I rescued what was left for myself later.


Thankful every moment that this bundle of beautiful joy came into my life.

Thanks for the update, James!

BTW, James said he hopes Peaches’ story raises awareness about senior dog adoption.

If you’re interested in learning more on the subject, a great place to start is to follow Susie’s Senior Dogs on Facebook and Instagram.

“Hey fwiends! Make thure to get tested!!” ??? As a super senior, Simon gets his bloodwork done by-annually to be on the safe side. Catching something early can really make all the difference. And if everything is A-OK then that peace of mind is priceless. ✌? If cost is a concern, many areas in the United States offer low-cost vet care (you may just need to do a little research). And some shelters or rescues even offer free annual basic services such as bloodwork or vaccines for dogs adopted from their shelter. Especially seniors! (Pet insurance is also something to look into!) People often assume adopting a senior dog means breaking the bank – but it’s not always the case and, like humans, all dogs age differently. It’s best to be prepared when adopting any age dog. And doing your homework on what facilities offer the best price services in your area can potentially save you a lot of money. It’s worth the effort! ? #seniordog #adoption #adoptdontshop

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And don’t forget to check out the Valley News’ weekly adoptable pets feature online at www.vnews.com/adoptablepets.

The latest edition just got posted this afternoon!

James Trundy Verrill photograph.