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Pet Friendly Canada Newsletter - September 2010


"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog." (Sidney Jeanne Seward)

"Dogs are miracles with paws." (Susan Kennedy)


Source: Dog Humor from

  • After your humans give you a bath, don't let them towel-dry you! Instead, run to their bed, jump up and dry yourself off on the sheets. This is especially good if it's right before your human's bedtime.

  • Act like a convicted criminal. When the humans come home, put your ears back, tail between your legs, chin down and act as if you have done something really bad. Then, watch as the humans frantically search the house for the damage they think you have caused (Note: This only works when you have done absolutely nothing wrong).

  • Let the humans teach you a brand new trick. Learn it perfectly. Then when the humans try to demonstrate it to someone else, stare blankly back at the humans. Pretend you have no idea what they're talking about.

  • Make your humans be patient. When you go outside to go pee, sniff around the entire yard as your humans wait. Act as if the spot you choose to go pee will ultimately decide the fate of the earth.

  • Draw attention to the human. When out for a walk, always pick the busiest, most visible spot to go poop. Take your time and make sure everyone watches. This works particularly well if your humans have forgotten to bring a plastic bag.

  • When out for a walk, alternate between choking and coughing every time a strange human walks by.

  • Make your own rules. Don't always bring back the stick when playing fetch with the humans. Make them go and chase it once in a while.

  • Hide from your humans. When your humans come home, don't greet them at the door. Instead, hide from them, and make them think something terrible has happened to you (don't reappear until one of your humans is panic- stricken and close to tears).

  • When your human calls you to come back in, always take your time. Walk as slowly as possible back to the door.

  • Wake up twenty minutes before the alarm clock is set to go off and make the humans take you out for your morning pee. As soon as you get back inside, fall asleep (humans can rarely fall back asleep after going outside, this will drive them nuts!).

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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.



  • Calmer temperaments. Older dogs are less likely to have that crazy puppy energy that can challenge even the most patient of pet owners! Senior dogs often enjoy just hanging out with their people or going for quiet walks.

  • What you see is what you get. You know how big the dog is going to get (he's already full grown) and you know his temperament.

  • Many older dogs are already good house pets. They're housetrained, know what they should (or shouldn't) chew, and are happy to find a soft place to nap. And they're happy to share their nap time with their people, too.

  • You give a deserving dog a loving home. Every animal needs love, even older ones. They still have lots of love to give and deserve a family that will return that love.



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:

  • Easy access around the house. It's easier for older dogs with joint or mobility problems if they don't have to navigate a lot of steep stairs. There are ways around this, of course - many companies these days manufacture ramps that will help dogs climb onto their favorite couches, beds, etc.

  • Quieter household. Young, rambunctious children or dogs (or other pets) might not be the best fit for a senior dog that enjoys his sleep!

  • Families willing and able to care for an older pet. This includes time, effort, and finances. Many dogs live to a ripe old age, happy, active, and with only minor health issues. However, if the aging process starts to catch up with the pooch, his family should be willing and able to put in the extra effort and money into his care.



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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