Why It’s Best to Adopt An Older Dog

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Top Ten Reasons Why It’s Best to Adopt An Older Dog

Top Best Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog Keira, my senior love bug![/caption] I must admit that I have never adopted an older dog. I’ve always been a puppy kinda girl, needing a baby to nurture and watch grow. But now that I have my senior dog I’ve grown to understand the amazing qualities an older, more seasoned dog brings to light. It makes me sad to think that many older dogs don’t get adopted, and I wondered why that is… Older dogs have so many fantastic characteristics. Plus, if she doesn’t mind how old I am, why should I mind how old she is?

Adopt An Older Dog

Adopt an older dogOlder dogs are instant companions and ready to plunge into all the activities you enjoy. They are instantly available for car trips, hiking, and they walk the walk.

 

Top Ten Reasons Why It’s Best to Adopt An Older Dog

     Enjoy time with themselves. They don’t make the same time demands on you that puppies will, and older dogs typically don’t seek constant attention. Score! You both have some much-needed space.    Allow you to get a good night's sleep. Why? Because they typically sleep through the night, don’t need bathroom breaks or nightly comforting. Perfect reason to adopt an older dog!  

Top Ten Reasons Why It’s Best to Adopt An Older Dog

  Are great at giving LOVE. They are so thankful for their second chance at happiness.   Settle in very easily because they already know what it takes to get along with others, and they know what it means to be part of a pack.   Know what “No” means… Let's face it, if they didn’t know what it means, they wouldn’t be an older dog!   Are not teething puppies, thank goodness! You don’t have to worry about your shoes getting chewed up or finding your furniture or carpets shredded. Teething is over and done with, although an older dog will enjoy a bone now and again.  

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  Can focus well because they are more relaxed and mellow. Neurologically their brains have completed their wiring.    What you see is what you get. Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their personality. Puppies are ever changing until they are not. And finally…   Are potty trained! Going through housetraining and cleaning up messes is a thing of the past. Your older dog is accomplished! Let's go out and adopt an older dog!  

Top Ten Reasons Why It’s Best to Adopt An Older Dog

Please leave a comment, especially if you can add to this list. Older dogs are amazing friends and just knowing they are the last to get adopted gut-wrenching. Let's get the word out about senior pets!

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  • Thank you for raising awareness about the awesome benefits of adopting a senior pet! It makes me so sad seeing all the senior kitties at the shelter where I volunteer. I adopted my Jewel when she was 14, and even though we only had two years together, they were wonderful, and I don’t regret a thing about it. She is one of the best kitties I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. <3

    I will share this on Facebook. I hope that more people will come to recognize how awesome senior pets really are.

    Fur Everywhere on
  • I couldn’t agree more, and after my last puppy I had forgotten how much of a pain it really is. Thank you for sharing this, I know so many people would instantly fall in love with adult dogs if they got out to more shelters/adoption events.

    Jen Gabbard on
  • I agree. It’s so sad to hear about senior dogs not getting adopted, although I can understand why some would be hesitant. I know for myself I fear getting attached and then going through the grief process after a short amount of time…

    Maureen Lake on
  • Thanks for your comments. You are so right about the housetraining routines. My Rosa still has housetraining issues for various reasons. Now she is afraid of the grass and will only go potty on a hard surface. I still can’t figure that one out!

    Maureen Lake on
  • That’s awesome that your 6 month old puppy was potty trained and new basic commands. Charlie must be a smart pup!

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