"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog." - Sydney Jeanne Seward
Being very active in social media, I follow a lot of dog blogs, dog rescue and adoption groups on FaceBook. I am always sad to see so many dogs who don’t have furever homes and most sad that lots of older dogs never get adopted at all.
I know, puppies are cute. But I have to tell you, puppies can be a pain in the butt. I mean, we adopted my sister Dixie. She’s not a baby but she’s just out of puppyhood and I’ll tell you, what a handful. She runs, and plays and chews constantly. Good thing she likes old bones and not the furniture.
Now, if we adopted a Senior Dog, he or she would be much quieter. They would walk nicely, not run a hundred miles an hour everywhere. They would also take more naps.
When we got Dixie, she didn’t have all of her shots yet and she wasn’t spayed. It costs a lot of money to get a dog spayed and to have all of their shots. Many older dogs that are turned in to the shelters already have had their shots and have been spayed or neutered.
And most shelters don’t charge as much to adopt a Senior Dog as they do to adopt young dogs.
People think that older dogs come with “bad habits”. Any dog can have “bad habits”. That’s what dog training is about. Helping dogs have good habits. Old dogs LOVE to learn new tricks!
People are afraid to adopt Senior Dogs because they think they will die soon. That is so not true. When a dog has a good home, with good food, it can live a long, long time. Who wouldn’t want to experience unconditional love for 8 or even 5 years?
So, if you or someone you know is thinking about adopting a dog, suggest an older dog. They make wonderful companions and are very deserving of a good furever home.
P.S. Blatant self-promotion. Every dog deserves a little pampering now and then. That’s why I created Spot’s SPAGift Basket. It has everything a well groomed pooch needs.