Senior dogs are seasoned canine citizens. Chances are, they’ve had some obedience training and they’re much likelier to have some manners. For an older dog, a leash means ‘Hold still so Mom can clip it to my collar and take me for a nice walk’ instead of ‘Oh YESSS! Jump up on Mom! Now jump some more!!!!’ They are very happy to walk beside you enjoying the sites and smell as opposed to dragging you along behind as fast as you can follow them much like the Marmaduke cartoons.
Senior dogs have figured out that shoes, throw pillows or for that matter, your favorite sofa are not chew toys where as all of these items are fair game for a puppy. Their motto – if they can put their mouth around it then it must be a chew toy! Most senior dogs come house-trained (although they might need a little patience as they adjust to a new home) and are usually good with free roam while you are gone. They are likelier to be calm with small children and less prone to sudden moves that could knock over a child.
For Seniors, napping is a number one priority and they are happy to wait until you have settled in from a long day’s work before needing to go outside. They are perfectly happy to follow you around the house until its time for a walk unlike a puppy who may immediately require an hour-long run. While they are happy to see you, they don’t show it by jumping up on you.
Trish adopted Maggie, a beautiful Great Dane, in November 2007 at the age of 8. She shares, “Maggie was nearly 10 years old and was the love of our life. Even though we had her for only 17 months, she had such a special place in our hearts. We were so lucky to be able to share this last year with her and reap the benefits of such a wonderful soul.”
Trish and her family were not afraid to adopt an older Dane that was in her golden years and they were blessed by it. Won’t you consider opening your home and heart to a dog that may be considered over the hill but still has a lot of love to give?