As we all head off to celebrations with family, it’s nice to remember that there are dogs and cats out there who don’t have a home this Thanksgiving. And as November comes to a close, I want to remind you that it is Adopt a Senior Pet month. In honor of this, I thought this list was appropriate:
Why Seniors Make the Best Pets
1. Older dogs generally have had some training, both in obedience and house manners. (Some dogs, due to the confusion and upset of being uprooted and finding themselves in a chaotic shelter environment, may temporarily forget their housetraining. Inevitably, once established in their new home, they remember.)
2. Older dogs have learned what “no” means and how to leave the furniture, carpets, shoes, and other “chewables” alone.
3. They have been “socialized” and have learned what it takes to be part of a “pack” and to get along with humans and, in most cases, other dogs, and in some other cases, cats, as well.
4. Older dogs, especially those who have once known it, appreciate love and attention and quickly learn what’s expected of them to gain and keep that love and attention.
5. Older dogs know how to let you finish the newspaper, sitting calmly next to you, while your workday stress flows away and your blood pressure lowers. They are also instant companions ready for hiking, riding in the car, walking on leash, fetching, etc.
6. Finally, older dogs are a “known commodity.” They are easy to assess for behavior and temperament, and you also don’t have to guess how big they’ll grow.
Do you have experience with a senior dog or cat? What is your favorite trait about him or her?
* List provided by The Senior Dogs Project