"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog." (Sidney Jeanne Seward)
"Dogs are miracles with paws." (Susan Kennedy)
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"Here are my 'babies' Barney and Ginger. They are 7 year old American Eskimos and no matter where 'mom' is, they aren't far away!"
- Terri N. of New Westminster, B.C.
"Here is Tessa our Shetland Sheepdog, after a tough day of playing."
- Diane T. from Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Many times people are afraid to adopt an older dog - not because they don't like them, or are afraid of any extra care or money that might be needed - but because of how soon they might lose them. But death is a part of life. Imagine giving a senior dog a loving, secure, and happy retirement home for whatever time he has left. His life, and yours, will be richer for it.
THE BENEFITS OF ADOPTING AN OLDER DOG
HOMES SUITABLE FOR OLDER DOGS
There's no easy answer to figuring out what kind of home is best suited to a senior dog. Senior dogs' personalities and abilities are as varied as younger dogs (and people)! Some of the things to consider, though, include:
SENIOR DOG HEALTH AND FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS
Many people believe that senior dogs automatically come with health problems. While it's true that older animals, just like older people, may have health issues to consider that younger animals might not.
(We should note that younger animals can have health issues too. Being young doesn't always mean perfect health, unfortunately. Taking care of health issues is just a part of being a pet owner!)
Health issues in senior dogs should be taken into consideration because they will affect the adoptive family too. It's always best to go into an adoption with as much information as possible so that you are prepared for additional care or costs that might occur. Old dogs that have been surrendered to humane societies or rescue organizations by their previous owners may have more information available about them. Dogs that are admitted also get examined by a vet who may be able to provide insight into the dog's overall health.
Treating illness or injury always comes with a financial responsibility too. The adoptive family should be prepared to manage any known health issues their new canine friend has, as well as any that might be found (or might develop) as they continue to age.
Many senior dogs continue to lead active and healthy lives. Watching them happily basking in their retirement years is a great joy!
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