Clarence – DIGNITY Project 

Started in April 2014, the DIGNITY project has photographed almost 60 senior dogs across Nova Scotia to help raise awareness of the challenges facing elderly K9s, their (often) senior owners and to aid ElderDog Canada. 

With photography for the project now completed, the next stage, the design of material to benefit senior canines and the K9 - senior bond using the “paying it forward” done by our models, is underway. 

Our 22nd image release from the project is that of an ElderDog heartthrob - Clarence.

In a chance encounter with a kindly saviour, an emaciated Clarence was found wandering down a deserted country road filthy, matted and covered in sores. His discoverer, Gordon, took him in and nursed him back to health as he secured the veterinary aid he direly needed. His vet’s best guess during Clarence’s initial exam was that he was roughly 15 years old. 

When he felt the time right, Gordon contacted ElderDog to arrange a permanent and loving ‘retirement home’ for Clarence - and it didn’t take long for Lynn to step forward to welcome the rejuvenated senior into her family.  It also didn’t take long for Clarence to take over every bed in the place – including the those of her two Labs and cat. 

Despite his age and mobility challenges, Clarence is still full of spunk. He manages a ‘happy dance’ at meal times that still makes Lynn laugh. Because his little legs are no longer up to the challenges his mind presents them with, Clarence often travels any distances in a dog stroller. 

While no one knows the circumstances that led to Clarence’s obviously lengthy abandonment or his origin story, the chance encounter on a lonely road changed three lives forever. 

For anyone wondering, Clarence’s name was not the product of a tag, Gordon decided on “Clarence” after the angel in the classic Jimmy Stewart film, “It's a Wonderful Life.” We couldn’t think of a more fitting nom-de-guerre for such a wonderful example of canine resiliency and love of life.

We’d like to thank all those businesses and individuals who’ve supported the project throughout its 2 year life – and those we know are or will support it in its next stages. As for thanking Gordon – no words suffice for the example he set for the rest of us. 


Ardra and Rob