Should Consider An Older Dog"
People say… “An older dog won’t bond with me like a young
one will.” It’s true that an older dog doesn’t bond as a young one does; an older dog usually bonds with new
guardians even more than a young dog. This statement is actually true—an
older dog usually bonds with new guardians even more than a young dog.
Animals who have experienced loss or a difficult past that some have had if
abandoned, often display their desire to form new and stronger attachments.
They have found someone to love them and they have no intention of
People say… “An older dog up for adoption must have problems, or it wouldn’t
need adopting.” If not one of my Adoptable dogs, please consider a Rescue Dachshund
The reality is that pets enter shelters and rescue societies for every
imaginable reason. Often it’s not the dog that has the problem, but the human.
Many people get a dog because it seems like the thing to do, not because they
truly appreciate the qualities—and needs—of the species. Others are forced to
surrender their pets for personal reasons. There may be a problem with a
particular dog, but you are much less likely to find a senior dog that isn’t
housebroken or a senior dog that snaps;
older dogs have
usually overcome any bad habits they had when they were young.
People say… “An older dog will have more medical bills.” To some extent, this
may be true, in that older dogs need more medical “supervision,” such as
geriatric testing during their annual exams. But there is
no health guarantee for a dog of any age.
One-year-old dogs can die of cancer. And puppies have larger immediate medical
bills because of their need for vaccinations and spay/neuter surgery. And don’t
forget the bills for chewed shoes and shredded drapes!
People say… “We
won’t have much time to enjoy her.” There are no more guarantees for our dogs
than for our human loved ones. You never know how long a beloved pet, or person,
will be with you. Love is what matters, no matter how long we are able to share
it. My oldest Bootsie, is 16 years old now and is quite active for her age.
Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog
1. Older dogs are
2. Older dogs are
not teething puppies, and won't chew
shoes and furniture while growing up.
3. Older dogs
can focus well because they've mellowed.
Therefore, they learn quickly.
4. Older dogs
have learned what "no" means. If they hadn't
learned it, they wouldn't have gotten to be older dogs!
5. Older dogs
settle in easily,
because they've learned what it takes to get along with others and become part
of a pack.
6. Older dogs are good at giving love, once they get into
their new, loving home. They are grateful for the second chance they've been
What you see is what you get: Unlike
puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. Puppies can
grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first.
8. Older dogs are
-- ready for hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do.
9. Older dogs
leave you time for yourself,
because they don't make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that
puppies and young dogs do.
10. Older dogs
let you get a good night's sleep
because they're accustomed to
human schedules, they don't
comforting, or bathroom breaks