Senior dogs are special. If only all people understood the undeniable charms of these older and wiser dogs, there wouldn’t be so many up for adoption. To do our part to help, we’re sharing the top 9 reasons you should love (and take home!) a senior dog RIGHT NOW. We promise you won’t regret it.
1. You’ll have so much fun showing them off.
2. Lovely, lower-energy, and perfect for cuddling.
You’ll never find a better partner to flop around on the couch with – just add in a Netflix marathon, some decadent treats (for both of you of course), and BINGO. You have the ideal day or evening planned.
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3. Instant companion
Somehow, older dogs innately understand how lucky they are that you adopted them, and will spend the rest of their lives showing their appreciation. Basically you’ve just met your new, built-in best friend, congratulations.
4. Skip the mischievous puppy antics.
Most senior dogs are already trained and housebroken, meaning they’ve already gone through the destructive / nipping / peeing everywhere stage. They’ve also already been socialized, so they’ll know how to blend right in with your family.
5. They’re interesting!
Just like a fine wine, dogs only improve with age. And the experiences they’ve had make them unique and fascinating – just check out these incredible senior pups we highlighted in a previous post.
AUSTIN, TX: From big dogs to little dogs and big kids to little kids, 12 year old Shelley is a friend to all! She is an absolute love-hog who knows there is no such thing as too much of it. She doesn't know the meaning of "personal space," and no matter if it's human or canine Shelley prefers to be saddled up tight to another beating heart at all times. PLEASE SHARE to help miss Shelley find her forever home! A volunteer wrote, "Shelley is a true companion. She loves just being part of the #family. Her favorite parts of the day are breakfast and dinner. She is a gentle and calm dog but will occasionally flip over and roll around on her back. It is so sweet to see that playful side of this sweet senior. She loves to go out in the yard and sit in the sun. Like Goldie Locks, Shelley has to try out all the dog beds in the house to find the perfect fit. If another dog is already in the bed she wants she gently squeezes herself in beside them. She is great with kids and gets along well with all other #dogs. She seems more comfortable with calm dogs than with larger more energetic 'puppy' types. Shelley does not know personal space and will sit as close to you as you will let her. She just loves love. The best home for Shelley is a chill home where someone is around most of the time. She is house trained, but she can't hold it for very long anymore. Tile flooring and some pee pads might also be of assistance, or perhaps a doggie door. She is on Proin for some incontinence issues. Shelley is asymptomatic HW positive (treatment sponsored). She will do best with someone who will treat her like the sweet senior queen she is." To adopt Shelley, please email @AustinPetsAlive at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and an application. A meet and greet is required for ALL adopters. (Photo by @sophiegamand!) ❤️ #seniordog #pitbullflowerpower #austin #texes #adopt
6. You can teach an old dog new tricks.
That old saying just isn’t true – older pups still have plenty to learn. There are many new things you can show your senior dog. In fact, they’re often easier to train than puppies because they’re able to focus for longer periods of time.
7. There won’t be as many surprises – and that’s a good thing.
Remember that tiny puppy your friend got for their tiny apartment, only to have it grow into a beast of a dog that barely fit? Well, when you adopt an older dog, you already know what they’re going to look like full grown, so you’re prepped and ready with ample space and supplies.
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8. You’ll join a special community of people, not just pups.
There are others out there who also value the immense love and joy that a senior dog can bring to a person or family. Facebook and Instagram are packed with places and groups that celebrate and encourage adopting older dogs.
9. Most importantly, you’re saving a life.
There are so many senior dogs that are put down every year because others can’t see past their graying fur and slower pace. Shouldn’t those dogs spend their golden years curled up on the couch, or on your living room rug? We think so.
It wouldn't be #AdoptASeniorPetMonth without giving a shoutout to our beloved Oreo! At 15 years young, he's having the time of his life romping around with his dog friends and brightening visitors' spirits, but we'd love for him to settle into a furever home. Oreo is fully blind, but people often don't believe it when we tell them because he's so active, curious and social! If you've met Oreo, share your pictures today and let's help find that lucky human who will take him home. His adoption fees are 50% off until November 30. ?: @marshallthesavage
We know that adopting an older animal is a big decision, so you can always foster a senior dog to test the waters. Many cities have special senior dog nonprofits that can show you how to get involved. Here in Seattle we have Old Dog Haven, an incredible organization that even helps cover vet bills to encourage the adoption of their older residents. Open your hearts to taking in a distinguished dog of a certain age, and we guarantee you’ll get just as much out of it as they do.
Featured image from shelterpetproject