Pet Friendly Newsletter - April, 2005
FEATURED PET QUOTES
"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to
go where they went." (Unknown)
"A dog wags its tail with its heart." (Martin Buxbaum)
THE BENEFITS OF ADOPTING AN OLDER PET
Everyone loves kittens and puppies because they're cute and
playful. And yet it seems like everyone who's ever raised a
kitten or puppy has at least one "horror story" to go along
with it! Baby animals are adorable, but there are many
loving older pets who need "retirement homes" to call their
own. Reasons to adopt an older pet include:
- They're more mellow and tend to have better house manners.
While many are still active, they're just as content to
relax at home with you.
- Senior dogs are better focused and are easier to train -
and they may already know some commands. You may have
heard the saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks!"
Fortunately that's not true. Puppies tend to have a short
attention span, while older dogs learn quickly.
- Senior pets are often already housetrained. Dogs will
know how to ask to be let outside when have need to go,
and cats will know how to use their litter boxes.
- They're past the "destructive" stage. Puppies will chew
most anything while they're in their teething stage, and
kittens have yet to learn what's appropriate to scratch
and what's not! Older pets tend to know what is "theirs",
and they've often been taught what "no" means.
- You'll have more time for yourself and to enjoy your pet,
instead of cleaning up after them, attending to frequent
bathroom breaks, teaching them manners, and all the other
stuff that's necessary when you have a youngster.
- You know what you're getting. You know how big your pet's
going to be, how he looks, how active he is, and so on.
Puppies and kittens have a lot of growing to do and they
may develop into an adult that is different from what you
- Most importantly, senior pets have lots of love to give
and they'll form a steadfast bond with their new people.
They just need someone to love them in return!
Check with your local SPCA or animal rescue group to find
older pets in need of a home.
"Sarah, my registered Burmese, at home in the
greenhouse in British Columbia." (Nancy MacLarty)
"Maggie is a 4 year old Bichon Angel Girl." (Judy Grant)