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!!!!!