Older Dogs

 

The Top 10 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog

All of the dogs below represent successful placements of older dogs into loving homes.
Please click on a dog’s picture to read their success stories.

Housetrained

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

Won’t chew innapropriate items

2.  Older dogs are not teething puppies,and won’t chew your shoes and furniture while growing up.

Focus to learn

3.  Older dogs can focus well because they’ve mellowed.
Therefore, they learn quickly.

 Know what “no” means

4.  Older dogs have learned what “no” means. If they hadn’t learned it,they wouldn’t have gotten to be “older” dogs

 Settle in with the
“pack”

5.  Older dogs settle in easily, because they’ve learned
what it takes to get along with others and become part of
a pack.

Good at giving
love

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.

WYSIWYG 

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.

 Instant
Companions

8.  Older dogs are instant companions — ready for
hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do.

 Time for yourself

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.  

 A good night’s sleep

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.

Adapted from Labrador Retriever Rescue’s “Top Ten Reasons to Adopt a Rescue”

One by One

One by one, they pass my cage,
Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
Way past his time, he can’t run and play.
Then they shake their heads slowly and go on their way. It seems I am not wanted anymore.

I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed. Now my muzzle is grey,
and my eyes slowly fail.Who wants a dog so old and so frail?

My family decided I didn’t belong,
I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.
Whatever excuse they made in their head,
Can’t justify how they left me for dead.

Now I sit in this cage, where day after day,
The younger dogs get adopted away.
When I had almost come to the end of my rope,
You saw my face, and I
finally had hope. You saw thru the grey, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond the cage.

You took me home, gave me food and a bed.
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.
We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low, You love me so dearly, you want me to know.
I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them with a love so much stronger..

And I promise to return all the love I can give,
To You, my dear person, as long as I live.
I may be with you for a week or for years,
We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears..

And when the time comes that God deems I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.
And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
And I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the person who made my last days so dear..

– Author Unknown