A dog reaches seniority at age 7 (give or take a year or two depending on their breed’s average lifespan). For most dogs, this means there is a lot of life yet to be lived – arguably some of the best years of their lives, and yours too – you just might not know it yet.
So as you are perusing the Internet, considering and researching your options for bringing a dog into your home, life, and heart – make sure to include senior dogs on your list. Here’s why:
1. Save a Life
Sadly, senior dogs are often the last chosen from the shelter or humane society (or, in the worst case scenarios, they aren’t chosen at all). The fluffy cuteness of a puppy or younger dog often casts the dignity, grace and loyalty of a senior dog in shadow. When in reality, these assets are much more valuable in a pet.Adopting a senior dog will surely save his/her life – but, you may be presently surprised at the affect it can have on your life, too. While your life may not need to be “saved”, it can be greatly impacted by the joy, happiness and love your senior dog can give (and who doesn’t want more of that in their life?). This is all without even mentioning the fact that saving a life has it’s own set of rewards.
2. Skip the Basics
With at least seven years of living, loving, and learning under their belt, senior dogs can provide an impressive resume. With their experience and established skills, senior dogs can get straight to charming and loving your family. There’s no need to teach them the basics. A puppy requires a significant time, and often monetary, investment just in terms of training and education. Sit, stay, shake, rollover, lay down, “no” – the list goes on, and each skill or command takes time to learn. Senior dogs already have these basics mastered.And the best part about senior dogs is that they aren’t too old to learn. The old saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” does not apply.
In addition to knowing how to learn, there’s a grace and respect that dogs gain as they age. It’s beyond understanding commands and doing tricks; it’s their manner, energy and presence. We might explain a senior’s demeanor with words like comfortable, wise, elegant, relaxed, and loyal.
Dogs Maturity doesn’t equate to age. It equates to wisdom, temperament and charisma. While age can be seen through a grey face, maturity can be seen in your seniors’ eyes.
Dogs are quick to love and forgive, and slow to judge. Josh Bilings so rightly stated, “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” After adopting a senior dog, a small act of kindness in the grand scheme of things, you’ll be rewarded ten-fold with their trust, loyalty, and compassion. --If you are looking for your next pet – or even if you aren’t – consider saving a life and adopting a senior dog. Your life will be changed for the better. It’ll be a decision you thank yourself for making in years to come.