Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dogs in their golden years

If you have ever the priveldge of loving and caring for an old dog, you must consider yourself fortunate. If you have never, there are many that await the hope of spending their last days being loved by a human even though they may have been tossed around their whole lives prior to that.

Why Adopt a Senior Dog?
Everyone loves a soft cuddly puppy, but a new puppy is not the right choice for every family. Many people are better off adopting an adult dog, but very few folks recognize the special joys of adopting a senior pet. The next time you are thinking about adding a new four-legged family member to your pack, please consider a senior dog. Many local rescues offer discounts on their senior pets because they are more difficult to place. Not only will you get a great dog, but you’ll also be saving a life.

Top 10 Reasons For Adopting A Senior Dog

1. Older dogs are housetrained. You won't have to go through the difficult stage(s) of teaching a puppy house manners and mopping/cleaning up after accidents.

2. Older dogs are not teething puppies, and won't chew your 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 given.

7. 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 instant companions -- 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 and don't generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.

Used with the permission of the Senior Dog Project, www.srdogs.com

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