Perfect Time For The Perfect Dog – Man Adopts 18-Year-Old Dog From Shelter

An 18-year-old dog, who was surrendered to a D.C. animal shelter after the death of her owner, was recently adopted by a man who has stated that it was the “perfect time for the perfect dog.” That man is Wayne Lerch and he learned about Julep’s need for a home from a post on the Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc. Facebook page.

On Wednesday morning Lerch left a comment on the Facebook page where he first ran across Julep’s information – he wrote:

Thank you for posting about Julep (now Tootie), I often see dogs that I want to help but have never been in a position to do it. This was the perfect time with the perfect dog, this is absolutely a case of who saved who. I just lost Jasmine, (she’s the one in my profile picture) Dec 31st and has been very hard for me. Now I have a pup who needs me and I plan on making whatever time she has left as happy as I can.

Julep was surrendered to the Humane Rescue Alliance in February – her advanced age, coupled with the sad reason that she lost her home, resulted in her story being shared widely across social media and through various news outlets. Despite the sad circumstances, the timing was perfect… Lerch was looking to fill the void in his heart after the loss of his beloved dog Jasmine and Julep needed somewhere to go, and most importantly, someone to love her.

Lerch told WUSA 9 News of his intent to spoil Julep for what remains of her life:

“I know she’s not going to be around for very long, but that’s okay. She deserves to live out the rest of her life in a loving home with somebody who’s going to take care of her and pamper her and make sure that she enjoys the last bit of life she has.”

Lerch’s decision to add Julep to his life was carefully made…according to the shelter, on the day of the official meet and greet, Lerch purposefully rode his motorcycle in order to give himself an excuse to be able to take some time to consider the life-changing adoption. After meeting Julep, he instantly fell in love and decided that he needed to return home to get his car and immediately take his new companion back home The shelter stated:

When asked if he had any second thoughts about the adoption, Wayne said, “I’m more sure now than I was before.”

A match made in heaven – happy tails.

(Images via Humane Rescue Alliance)

About the shelter:

The Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League have each served the animals and people of the District of Columbia and the national capital region for over a century. Now these two great forces for animal protection have come together to form an even more powerful organization: the Humane Rescue Alliance.

With the creation of the Humane Rescue Alliance, we’re combining our proficiency and knowledge in all aspects of animal care, from providing quality, affordable medical services to creating families with each adoption. Most importantly, we’re here to tenaciously protect and advocate for the animals in our community, and support and celebrate people’s love and compassion for them. We are the Humane Rescue Alliance.



Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Sabina says:

    This is such a heart-warming story and so good to hear that everyone came together to share through social media to find an older dog a good home that would have not had that opportunity otherwise. The pictures say it all.

  2. JERRY EDELMAN says:

    This is just an AWESOME story on so many levels. It takes a special person to rescue a senior dog in need. So here’s hoping they BOTH have a long, happy life together filled with many memorable moments .

  3. dyn dyn says:

    Like you am dog lover. i have 3 dogs and 4 cats….all are rescued…

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