Well, you can knock me down, step in my face
Slander my name all over the place
Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh
Honey, lay off of my shoes..
– Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)
Considering adoption? There are many reasons for choosing a senior dog, not the least of which being that many seniors no longer have the teeth necessary to chew up those coveted blue suede shoes (or any other shoes in the closet, under the bed, coffee table, et al). Most seniors are well past the stages in their lives when chewing household items is an issue, whether they still have their teeth or not.
A senior, or not a senior? That is the question-
Understandably, most seniors are quite set in their ways. What you see is what you get. This undeviating way of being can take the guesswork out of what kinds of personalities they may have. Their less energetic nature just seems to radiate a gracious ambience when they enter a room. They are typically very welcoming and because of their advanced years, they often have a unique sense of gratitude. It is because of this slowed-down graciousness, as well as because of their own life experiences, that seniors often bond easier and faster with humans and other pets. It is remarkable how often seniors that have suffered from abuse and neglect in their lives can resiliently recover and regain their trust of humans after they have been adopted into a loving environment.
While we will continue extolling the virtues and benefits of adopting seniors, let us never lose sight of the fact that the adoption of any dog, young or old, from a shelter or rescue is a victory. Each dog that is adopted from a shelter is one less dog that may be euthanized, and provides one more space for a homeless dog and potential adoption. There are many thousands of dogs in shelters around the country that would make wonderful companions and family pets.
“Before you get a dog, you can’t imagine what living with one might be like;
Afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way.” – Caroline Knapp