Sure, we’re all a bit overwhelmed by national “this or that” day or month, from national fly a kite day to national frozen food day, we have reached critical mass when it comes to things to celebrate. But, we at Digital Doggy are ready to celebrate an important month in the doggy world, November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Yes, we tend to forget the number of senior pets in shelters that are desperate for forever homes and November is the month to help out our older friends.
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Senior dogs range in age and their senior status is decided by breed. For example, a great dane, which has a lifespan of six to eight years, is considered a senior dogs at the age of four or five. On the other end of a spectrum, a chihuahua, which has the lifespan of twelve to twenty years, won’t be considered a senior dog till it reaches the age of ten or eleven. For some people or families senior dogs can be the perfect rescue for their home.
Senior dogs are a great way to enter the world of dog ownership, while also helping a dog in need. There are many misnomers about senior dogs, such as they were rejected by a family for being problematic or the old saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Both of these theories are completely untrue. Most older dogs in shelters are there due to circumstance beyond their control, such as their owner passed away or a family had a child that became allergic to the dog. They are not rejects, who were removed from the house due to ill behavior.
Senior dogs actually adapt well to new homes and families, remember at one point in the their lives they were loved by their family. And they usually come trained and ready to assimilate into a new home. Most senior dogs are already potty trained, which saves a family time, stress and money. Ask any dog owner and they will all confirm the most difficult period of dog ownership is the puppy years, sure they’re cute and make great Instagram models, but they are also destructive and can drive a new dog owner to the brink of insanity. A senior dog has already reached the calmer period of its life and usually has been taught basic commands.
Also, it’s good to keep in mind that you are doing a great deed when you rescue an older dog. Firstly, you are saving the life of a dog in need, a dog that most people will overlook in a shelter, a dog that most likely will be put down before it lives out its remaining years. Secondly, you are helping out your local shelters. Older dogs can be more of a strain on the resources of animal shelters, they usually will spend a longer period of time at the shelter, hence costing more money to care for. So keep in mind, when you rescue a senior dog you are not only helping a loving dog in need, you are also helping your local shelter care for more dogs in need.
We understand that a senior dog might not be for everyone, we just ask you to have an open mind when looking for your next dog. Give a senior dog a chance, who knows you may find a friend of a lifetime.