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5 reasons why you should adopt a senior pet

November 9, 2018

By Christa Hackenberg, designer

Happy Autumn everyone! This month we are collectively celebrating Adopt a Senior Dog month. Why? Because senior dogs are the best! Here are 5 reasons why you should adopt a senior friend this month:

  1. Older pets in shelters often end up being the first to be euthanized since they are less likely to be adopted. Adopting an older pet (over the age of 5) may just save their life.
  2. Senior dogs are potty trained, know basic commands and are less likely to chew up your favorite shoes. Not having to train your pup or clean up his messes leaves more time for things you like to do with your pal, like laying on the couch watching Game of Thrones.
  3. What you see is what you get! Older dogs are who they are and you’ll be able to tell pretty quickly if they’ll fit nicely into your home and lifestyle. Depending on their previous situation, the dog may be shy or afraid.  A little time and a whole lot of love (and some treats) will usually improve their confidence and you’ll get all of that love back in return.
  4. Senior dogs often end up in the shelter due to the death of a guardian or a change in the family like a new baby or a new house. So unlike a puppy, they are accustomed to being a companion. A senior dog is eager to be a loyal friend, a walking companion, and the best cuddle buddy you could ask for.
  5. Often times older pups are calmer and therefore have a greater attention span, which makes them easier to train. You can teach old dogs new tricks!

If you’ve been thinking of adopting but are a little hesitant to adopt an older dog, stop into the office and talk to our mock5 dog owners who love their older pups! In celebration of senior pups, check out these desktop wallpaper designs, illustrated by the talented Gabrielle Wharton, who is the happy guardian of Baxter and Burton. Share them with your favorite dog lover and have a Happy, furry-friend filled Thanksgiving!

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