Yup, I’m a senior dog and I love it! At 11 years young, I’m a wise dog that has become the best version of myself. I enjoy taking my time to smell the stinky corners of the streets and the grass in the dog park. My food is conveniently softer, which makes it easier to chew, and I can still enjoy the occasional teenie Greenies and crunchy carrots as treats. Also because I’m an older and calmer dog now, I get SO much more attention from people.
Thanks to my daily exercise and balanced diet, I can still pass as a puppy and every now and then I still like to chase after cats and squirrels. So I save my energy for those fun moments.
I’ve noticed that it has become easier for mom as well. All the work she has put into training us helps as well, but no longer needing to stress about me peeing and pooping inside the house, on her bed or the carpet goes a long way too. I admit it, I used to be a troublesome puppy. Not only would I step on my poop and then jump on my mom’s bed, but I also used to cry all day long when mom was away. Our neighbors at the time were not big fans, but we all survived somehow. Hey, no judgements, I was just a puppy after all :)
I know, puppies are adorable and very often I hear how people get very excited about the idea of adopting one, which is great. But if you are considering adopting and are not sure what type of dog you want, I suggest you take a look at your daily activities and the time you spend at home. Every dog needs love, exercise and training. But if your work schedule is very hectic or you are not extremely active, adopting a senior dog might just be the perfect match for you.
Us senior dogs LOVE company, leisurely walks and a lot of sleep. There are many more advantages of adopting a senior dog but unfortunately senior dogs are the first in line to be euthanized in shelters just for being old and not in as high demand as puppies. A lot of people don’t realize that most of these dogs end up in shelters because their previous owners passed away or they just couldn’t afford to keep them.
If you happen to live in San Francisco, I recommend you visit “Muttville Senior Dog Rescue”. They are truly pawsome and their mission is to find loving homes for dogs aged seven and above, just like myself.
Remember, we all will eventually age, but it doesn’t mean we are broken. In fact, all we want is a second or even a third chance in life to feel loved and appreciated.
Love & Paws,