There’s an advantage – – a big advantage – – to adopting a senior dog or cat.
Too often they’re overlooked when, in reality, they would be the perfect pet for your lifestyle.
First – true confession. I’m no longer young – not even middle aged – – I’ve passed both those milestones, so I can speak with some authority.
When an older person wants to adopt a puppy, I always secretly cringe. Why?
Because this is what has happened too often – I know from experience working in a shelter.
- The darling puppy causes you to trip, fall, even really hurt yourself.
- The darling puppy wants to play and play and play – – – – then play some more
- Unless you have a secret to a long, long, long healthy life – the puppy will probably still be around and need another home
- Few children, grandchildren, relatives, friends will really step up and bring the puppy/dog into their home.
We know this from the phone calls we receive, on a regular basis, either from the owner who needs to rehome the dog or the relatives/friends who say they can no longer care for the dog.
From a personal point of view, I know it would be difficult for me – and for a young child or teenager – if we were required to live together.
I’m past the age of getting a second wind when I’m tired – – now, when I’m tired – – I’m tired – translate that as I’m headed to bed or to take a nap.
Loud music, lots of energy, coupled with knowing I would be personally responsible for a child causes me to gulp – – take a deep breath – – and hope it doesn’t become reality.
Sooo, if you qualify as a mature older person and you want a companion who thinks you’re wonderful, loves to snuggle on the couch, keeps your feet warm at night, frequent daytime naps are awesome – – – visit your local shelter or rescue.
Ask to see the older dogs and find your perfect pet.
For those of us who are senior citizens – – older is better – – -trust me~!!!!!