Meet Ricky, our Rescue Dog of the Week


We’re proud sponsors of National Pet Month! Supporting the theme, ‘Pets and the Elderly: enjoying later years together’, we’re helping some of the older rescue dogs out there have an even bigger voice and hopefully find themselves a ‘forever’ home.

Meet Ricky

Agria’s Rescue Dog of the Week is a gorgeous boy who already has a home, but his story just shows what a great match an older pet and an older person can be for each other.
Ricky was around eight years old when he was found tied up outside a police station. As fate would have it, a volunteer from German Shepherd Rescue Elite was working there, so she passed him to one of the charity’s founders, Lizzy, who took him in for foster.

He was neutered, vaccinated and chipped, and then, Liz Nelson learned about his story. Liz is a very active, vibrant lady who works full-time from home. It’s hard to believe it, but Liz is 84. She has also adopted from German Shepherd Rescue Elite before.


“I have had four wonderful German Shepherds – all were aged over eight and had been cared for by German Shepherd Rescue Elite. I knew the history of the first three but Ricky has an unknown background.

“Lizzy told me that he was lively and happy, but that’s putting it mildly. Lizzy brought Ricky here and he joined Sasa, an elderly female GSD. She was 13 when Ricky arrived at the end of 2014, and she tries to dominate him but he ignores this. What a personality. He loves attention, affection and food!

Ricky and Tina

“We live opposite a famous park and in the middle is a glorious lake. Ricky plays with all the local dogs and is never aggressive. He loves the lake — indeed he seems to love everything — except being hungry. Ricky has learned to fetch sticks and walk off the lead in the park. He is so happy and, like other older rescue dogs that I have adopted, he almost seems to be grateful.”

Liz employs a dog walker to make sure her dogs get enough exercise and has many younger friends who help her give her dogs the happiest of retirements.

An older pet can be the ideal choice for an older person, often making a calm friend for the owner. It’s also been proven that as well as providing companionship and lowering blood pressure, having a pet who loves you unconditionally reduces feelings of loneliness and symptoms of depression – sadly sometimes felt among the elderly.

Click here to find out more about German Shepherd Elite, and see the wonderful dogs that are currently in desperate need of a forever home.

Agria for charities and rehoming centres

Kubla got his happy ending, but for the thousands of pets without an owner, we’re doing what we can to help rehoming organisations find them their new ‘forever’ home. We’re giving adopters 5 Weeks Free insurance followed by the reassurance of lifetime cover, whatever the pet’s age.

If you are involved in a rehoming or rescue organisation, Agria has a selection of options that can help. For more information please visit