The Many Benefits Of Adopting An Older Dog

Adopting an older dog is always the first thing on my mind when we lose one of our dogs. While most people rush to adopt or bring a puppy into their home, we’re looking to give an older pet a permanent home.

Don’t get me wrong, I love puppies just as much as the next person, but I think the older pets are just special.  They have that certain look about them.  A look that just says “thank you; I know what you’re doing for me and I’ll be forever grateful.”

Their “been there, done that” attitude just works for us and our household.  Their gratitude is endless and that too makes me feel very good. All of our dogs come from local shelters or rescue groups and are typically no younger than two — but most are at least five.

I believe that it’s important for each of us to give something back in life and adopting an older dog is just one personal way of giving back for me.

Five Excellent Reasons For Adopting Grey Muzzled Pets

  1. Older dogs are typically calmer.
  2. Existing dogs in a household will usually (but not always) warm up to an older dog a little easier.
  3. They enjoy the simple things in life (laying by your feet, a car ride, etc.)
  4. Leisurely walks are o.k. — skiing down the street isn’t necessary for them. 😮
  5. They’re just great company — period.

There are many more, but these are just five reasons that I can think of why adopting a senior is a great thing.   I just read a wonderful article of how the Doris Day Foundation discovered a senior dog sanctuary and decided to help.  The foundation is providing a grant to help them care for the neglected and abused older dogs that they take in for life.

Adopt a dog and make a difference. Have you adopted or rescued a dog before? I would love to hear your story.

This is an excellent article providing a large amount of information as well as considerations when adopting an older dog.

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  • Maggie

    I just adopted a 7+ year old beagle from a local shelter. She seems to have been abused and possibly used as a puppy mill breeder dog as it is obvious that she’s had way too many litters. She’s very quiet and prefers to really just lay around all day. The only thing that she gets excited about are her walks – which she loves, although she cannot seem to go very far.

    She is still very shy and trying to figure out how to be a family dog, but I believe she will get adjusted and be a wonderful friend for whatever time she has left with us. 🙂

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