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Save a Senior Dog

As we near the Holidays I am reminded of how grateful I am for the blessings in my life...my wife, our faith, family, friends, our pack of 3, and a life which is far superior than many will ever have the opportunity to enjoy in less fortunate parts of the world.

At times like this I will reflect on each of these as a sense of inspiration and a mental adrenalin boost to face the balance of the year and holiday onslaught with courage:)

High on my list of things to be thankful for are our dogs...and  since this month is Adopt a Senior Dog month that will be the topic for today

As many of you know we have a senior dog who came out of the shelter system when she was still a puppy....It is in recognition of the millions of senior dogs who are not as lucky as ours and need a home to enjoy their golden years, that we dedicate this week's newsletter.

senior dog sinja

Our Senior pal Sinja enjoys naps while I work.

Let's get started:

Why SO MANY Senior Dogs Need Homes

Dogs are now living healthier, happier, longer and longer lives due in part to better nutrition and advances in conventional and holistic veterinary care. 

While this is cause for celebration in my book it also presents the obvious challenge that:

 

Senior Dogs are Too Often Dumped at the Pound

Senior dogs are frequently given up in a flash when there has been a change in circumstances, such as a loss in the family, home foreclosure, change of job or a move to a new town. 

Some even surrender their senior dog because  they feel he has lived out his purpose...is no longer fun.... I have seen it happen with my own eyes..  How sad :(

It's heartbreaking, but senior pets frequently wait and languish in animal shelters for extended periods until they find a forever home. (if they do at all)

Petfinder reports that a typical dog available for adoption listing on their site is active for twelve weeks, but senior dogs may be available four times that amount or up to 48 weeks !.

A major reason is that many prospective adopters do not understand the benefits of senior dog adoption and opt for that cute puppy they see online and meet.

So, in an effort to find more senior dogs a forever home in as short a time period as possible, Petfinder named November Adopt a Senior Pet Month, dedicated to educating prospective new dog guardians about the wonderful senior dogs in pounds/ shelters,  just waiting for a new home.

Some GREAT REASONS

Why You Should Consider Adopting a Senior Dog

"What you see is what you get  - You don't have to guess how big he's going to get or what her personality will be like when she's fully grown.

Many senior dogs have lived in homes - You don't have to teach an old dog (or cat) new tricks. Often, they understand house rules and will fit into your home more easily. Older pets are typically already housetrained and well past the chewing phase, so no need to worry about your shoes or furniture.

Older dogs are often calmer - While most senior pets still enjoy exercise, they usually require less time-consuming, intensive walks and playtime. Many seniors are happy with short walks or romps in the yard, and the chance to be your cuddling companion.

Nobody needs you more - Senior pets deserve to spend their golden years in the dignity of a home... In return for taking them home, they'll give you all the love in their hearts.

Easy to Train- Older dogs are great at focusing on you and the task at hand, because they're calmer and more experienced than puppies and young dogs

Not a Round the Clock Job- Grownup dogs don't require constant monitoring like puppies do.

Fewer Messes- Older dogs are likely to already be housetrained-and even if they're not, they have the physical and mental abilities to pick it up really fast (unlike puppies). ...seniors also are much less likely to be destructive chewers.

You Won't Bite Off More Than You Can Chew-  A puppy or young dog can be an 8- to 20-year responsibility, which may be cause for concern by senior adopters. Providing a loving home for a dog in her golden years can be a shorter one.

Adopt a Dog-Save a Life (sound familiar?) - Senior dogs are often the last to be adopted at pounds and the first put down for space. Save a senior dog's life and you'll feel the rewards every day you spend together.End Reference  ASPCA  and Best Friends

So... 

Would YOU Save the Life of a Senior Dog?

If the reasons above make sense to you, then you have something in common with us and thousands of happy families, senior citizens and singles throughout the nation and worldwide who would save the life of a senior dog.  All smart and savvy dog people I assure you :) 

If you know anyone who is thinking about adopting a new best friend why not suggest a senior dog as the possible best choice for them and/or their family!

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