Senior Dogs

Is My Dog a Senior Dog?

Senior dogs have different care requirements than those of a younger dog.  But how do you know when your dog is considered 'senior'?
 
It depends on the individual dog. In general, the larger the breed the faster they age. A Great Dane is considered to be senior by 5-6 years old whereas a Chihuahua would most likely not be considered a senior until 10-11 years. A Golden Retriever might be considered senior by 8-10 years of age. In addition to breed, genetics, nutrition, environment all play a role in how fast a dog ages. 
 
Refer to our Caring for Your Senior Dog for more information on what you can do to help your dog age well.
 
 

Why Should I Adopt a Senior Dog?

Many people automatically think of a puppy when they think of adopting a dog. Puppies are warm and cuddly, and everyone wants to hold and pet them. But puppies demand patience and energy to help them become wonderful family members and companions. Older dogs, however, can be just as cute and lovable as puppies, and they often come with many wonderful qualities that puppies take years to grow into.

Many people are reluctant to adopt a senior dog because they fear their time together will be too short, bringing that painful time of loss closer. But the privilege of loving a senior dog makes every single day special, as you and your best friend share love, friendship, and a special relationship that grows stronger with the knowledge that you have given this fine old dog a second chance at life.
 
The love that grows from this knowledge is stronger than the pain of eventual separation and this love never leaves you.

Adopting a senior dog is a wonderful experience for you and your new dog. You will gain a faithful companion. You will save a life.
 
 
Reasons to Recue A Senior Dog
 
If you believe a dog is family, that dogs have feelings and their heart beats the same as ours please consider adopting a senior dog.  Here are just a few reasons Senior Dogs make amazing rescue options:
 
 
  • Senior dogs love to sleep and cuddle the day away. They still need exercise and enjoy brisk daily walks, but the best part of the day is the nap. They love for you to join them.
  • Senior dogs have a tremendous amount of love to give. When you rescue a senior dog, you have a best friend for life.
  • Senior dogs reward your care with an unwavering devotion. Nothing matches the gratitude of a senior dog for his rescuer.
  • Senior dogs have learned many of life's lessons. They know, for example, that shoes are for walking and bones are for chewing.
  • Contrary to what you've hears... Senior dogs can learn new tricks and be valuable family and community members. They make excellent therapy dogs.
  • Senior dogs often fit into your household with ease. They find the softest, warmest spot in the house and claim it for their own, but they will share with you, too.
  • Senior dogs make excellent companions for everyone, especially senior people.
  • Senior dogs are often overlooked in shelters. Passed over for cute and cuddly puppies, they often do not have a chance and must go to make space for more puppies.
  • Adopting a senior dog saves a life!
 
Does your local shelter euthanize senior dogs before offering them for adoption?  Call your local shelter and tell them you would like a senior dog!
 
Let them know that senior dogs make wonderful companions, and then adopt a senior dog from your local shelter or rescue.  Save a life. Spread the word: Old Dogs, Great Friends!
 
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Why Are Seniors So Special?

Don't get me wrong... I love all dogs but there's just something ethereal about the beauty of a senior dog.  The wisdom in their eyes, the confidence in their glance, and the tender unassuming way they love. 
 
Senior Dogs are the grandparents of the dog world; they are sweet, experienced, and not too demanding.  More often than not they're just happy to curl up next to you and snooze the day away.   
 
 
All dogs are beautiful but senior dogs have a way of touching our hearts in a way that changes everything.  Through their grace of character they allow us to love more deeply than we thought we could, to forgive and let go of the small stuff, they teach us about loss and moving forward... they teach us our hearts are never to full or too brittle to love fully and completely for a day, a month, and ultimately that the love never leaves us... it is eternal. 
 
The life and moments we share with a senior dog often take on new meaning as both the dog are ourselves know that each moment is just that little bit more precious.  
 
Sadly, more and more seniors than ever are showing up in shelter systems all over the world.  Many 'reasons' are cited, ranging from the hardship of added health costs to the irrevocably heartless "they simply got too old to love".