Michael and Zina Goodin, the founders of Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary in Mount Juliet, pose with Tigger, Tenn., Monday, Sept. 24, 2018.
Nashville Tennessean

Ten-year-old Tigger is big on social media. The internet is the only place the diminutive Chihuahua/Shih Tzu/Pomeranian mix might be considered big. 

Before getting adopted this week, he spent about a year building a formidable social media following as a resident of the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary in Mt. Juliet. 

More than 1.8 million Facebook users around the globe have become fans of the nonprofit organization, which has cared for approximately 700 elderly and/or disabled dogs since its 2012 inception. Another 103,000 people follow Old Friends on Instagram, others have created their own fan pages for the dogs, and at any given time, dozens of people are watching the dogs eat, nap and play via webcam.

It’s easy to see why OFSDS has such a devoted following. Its Facebook and Instagram pages are a soothing, endless feed of the 105 dogs who live at the sanctuary. (Another 200 live in foster homes within a 100-mile radius of Nashville.)


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On Saturday, OFSDS is hosting “A Doggone Good Old Time” at Charlie Daniels Park (1075 Charlie Daniels Parkway in Mt. Juliet) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will be live music, food trucks, vendors, dog-centric activities and more. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary and ways to contribute, visit or 



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