1. Older dogs are housetrained
2. Older dogs won't chew your shoes and furniture
3. Older dogs can focus well because they've mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly.
4. Older dogs have learned what "no" means
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 - 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 -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 - they're accustomed to human schedules and don't generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.
Please consider giving an older dog a home!
One by One, They pass by my cage,
“Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
Way past his time, he can’t run and play.”
They can shake their heads slowly and go on their
A little old dog, arthritic and sore,
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.
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 through the gray,, and the legs bent with
And felt I still had a life beyond this cage.
You took me home, gave me food and a bed,
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired
We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
You love me dearly, you want me to know.
I have lived most of my life with another,
But you out shine them with a love so much
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 doubt shed
And when the time comes that God deems I must
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.
What is a senior dog? It’s that beautiful white-faced creature that trots to meet you whenever you come home. It’s the comforting presence curled up asleep by the fireplace. It’s a happy little tail wag when you feed him dinner. It’s a short evening walk with a little friend who enjoys the fresh air and being with you.
It’s really no different having a senior dog than it is a puppy - both require more care and patience than a young adult dog. But think about when you took care of your first puppy and you smile. And now think about how taking care of a senior dog can make you feel. Give an older dog at a chance of having a few caring, loving years in your home. Yes, it may require some wee-wee pads when you’re not at home or cooking some chicken and rice when he doesn’t want his usual food. A very small price to pay for the loving companionship of an old dog, an old friend.
"Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well."