The Power of the Elderbull

August 1, 2011  

By Sarge the Elderbull as posted on Elderbulls

Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

– Alfred Tennyson, “Ulysses” (1842)

I am old.

Time has taken away my strength. Gray fur covers muscles that used to bulge. Stubby nubs rest in gums that once housed white teeth. A silver muzzle casts a shadow on my broad jawline. Calloused skin covers old scars. Arthritic elbows offset my barrel-chested stance.

But do not pity me.

I am no longer defined by my physical self, so eyes that were once fearful now look at me with compassion.

I can no longer breed, so minds that were once greedy now look at me with indifference.

I can no longer fight, so hands that were once malevolent no longer seek to exploit me.

Do not pity me.

For I, as an Elderbull, have a unique role to play.

Though time has made me fragile and weak, time has also given me a gift to reach hearts and minds that were once frozen by fear or ill-will.

Until we see the day where no dog is judged his or her physical appearance, let us not underestimate the capacity for Elderbulls to tread where younger dogs cannot yet go.

Let us view our age not as a weakness, but as an opportunity.

Let us not underestimate the power of the Elderbull.

For even though we may need to be carried, we will plow the way for all dogs to be treated fairly.

Save a life. Open a heart. Change a culture. Adopt an Elderbull.

About Sarge the Elderbull:
I’m Sarge and I’m a 16-year-old elderbull. After spending the first 14 years of my life with an animal abuser in Philadelphia, humane law enforcement officers rescued me (and 30+ of my friends) in September 2008 and brought us to the Pennsylvania SPCA. I still have scars and injuries from my old life, but they’re all external; on the inside, I’m the most peaceful, happy, forgiving dog you’ll ever meet. In February 2009 I went home to my new mom and dad (Kim Wolf and Thad Stringer). I live with five other adopted dogs, including my girlfriend, a 9-year-old adopted pug named Mary Todd Lincoln. In spring of 2009, I got certified with “Pals for Life” to do pet visitation at nursing homes, rehab centers, libraries, etc. I’m one of the oldest (and most famous!) dogs in the program and everyone loves me, especially the ladies! I also visit schools to educate children about animal issues. I’ve been on television, in newspapers and magazines, and all over the Internet. I love sharing my story with anyone who will listen. Just don’t ask me about my gas……it’s the only dangerous thing about me.
Sarge passed away on July 28, 2011 at the age of 16.75 years. You can read StubbyDog’s tribute to Sarge here.

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4 Responses to “The Power of the Elderbull”
  1. PamMcDowell says:

    Thank you so much for the story on Sarge. It brought tears to my eyes and tugged at my heart. If anyone out there can help and adopt a elderbull – please do! You will have a life long friend and someone to love all your cares away. How do I know? Before adopting our 2 pitt/mastiff mixes, our home was shared by a blessed elderbull by the name of Clemintine. I believe in my heart that she still watches over our family.

  2. PamMcDowell says:

    Thank you so much for the story on Sarge. It brought tears to my eyes and tugged at my heart. If anyone out there can help and adopt a elderbull – please do! You will have a life long friend and someone to love all your cares away. How do I know? Before adopting our 2 pitt/mastiff mixes, our home was shared by a blessed elderbull by the name of Clemintine. I believe in my heart that she still watches over our family.

  3. Fuppoff says:

    Heartbreaking to think this lovely dog suffered for so long before finding happiness. I think people like Kim & Thad genuinely restore my faith in humanity. You are wonderful.

  4. StubbyDog says:

    @Fuppoff We wholeheartedly agree!