- Love and Loyalty!
Chances are good that by adopting an older dog, you have rescued a wonderful, loving canine from an untimely, unfortunate and unwarranted death. An older dog can sense that he or she was saved and will be eternally loyal to his or her new “forever” family.
- Ease Of Transition
Older dogs are mellow, relaxed and ready for a new home. They are past the puppy chewing and destruction stage and usually come with basic training.
- No Huge Lifestyle Change
You don't need to worry about puppy proofing your house and constant training. And older dogs let you get a good night's sleep!
- Stress Relief
Studies have shown that animal companions can decrease blood pressure levels and reduce stress. Older dogs enjoy leisurely walks, which will encourage you to exercise for even a few minutes on your busiest days.
- No Surprises
Unlike puppies, older dogs are full grown and their personalities are completely developed. When you meet with your dog, you will know what kind of wonderful, loving canine he or she is and will always be.
- Doggie Wisdom
Older canines have learned many of life's lessons. They know, for example, that shoes are for walking and bones are for chewing.
Most senior dogs do not demand the time and attention that a younger dog does and are satisfied with casual walks and cuddling.
- Old Dog, New Tricks
Older dogs can focus well because they've mellowed.
- Companionship For All
Senior dogs make wonderful companions for everyone, especially senior people and busy professionals.
- Save A Life
Senior dogs are often the first to be euthanized in area shelters. Passed over for cute and cuddly puppies, they often have little chance to be adopted.
Adapted from the Senior Dogs Project site. To learn more about the pleasures of older dog adoption, please visit the Senior Dogs Project.