As we humans age, we look to enjoy more of life’s simple and relaxing pleasures. We welcome companionship and love, and those who can share in them at our pace. For this reason, senior citizens and senior dogs can make the best of friends.
First, here are 5 great reasons to adopt a senior dog:
- Senior dogs are more likely to be on their best behavior. Because they’re older, it’s unlikely they’ll chew your belongings or have frequent accidents.
- Because they’ve been around awhile, they’re more likely to adapt to newer surroundings faster than younger dogs.
- They’re affectionate, yet independent. Senior dogs are generally more subdued, so they don’t require constant attention. They’ll likely move at your pace and jibe better with your lifestyle.
- You may get a better night’s sleep with an older dog in your home. Older dogs are more accustomed to at-home schedules.
- They’ll become your companion instantly. Older dogs tend to be more experienced in the art of friendship, so they’ll be ready to accompany you right away.
Don’t get us wrong—people of all ages love puppies! But the fact of the matter is they’re a lot of work and require much more activity and attention, just as grandchildren do. Senior dogs tend to be more subdued in nature, much like their senior human counterparts. They’re more likely to appreciate the simplicities of life rather than wanting to constantly be on the go. So, keep your activities low-key, at least when you first bring your senior dog home.
If you’ve weighed all options and have decided you’d love to bring a senior dog into your life, we suggest contacting your local shelter to see if they have an adoption program geared toward senior dogs for senior citizens. As always, you’ll want to do your research and double-check that your dog is up-to-date on all necessary vaccines.
Once you have a dog to call your own, he or she will slowly become immersed in your day-to-day activities and grow comfortable with your friends and family members. Remember, the two of you share a special bond: the desire to have a healthy balance of independence and co-dependence.