Adopting an old dog is usually not considered by most would-be dog owners. Society has somehow instilled in us that only puppies and young dogs are considered “adoptable.” Any dog older than a year MAX, and you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. But while puppies and younger dogs are adorable, the same can also be said of old dogs. If you’re thinking about getting a dog don’t let these five myths, as identified by Dog Days, get in the way of adopting an old dog.
“Our dog is an old dog. Some people think having an old dog is the opposite of fun. I beg to differ with them. Cleo couldn’t be more fun and cute, entertaining and full of personality. She also still makes us feel protected with her booming barks, and watchful radar-like ears listening for trouble.
Just looking at her over in the other room, five myth-busters popped into my head:
Myth 1. They’re boring.
Myth 2. They’re expensive.
Myth 3. Senior dogs only sleep.
Myth 4. They’re ugly.
Myth 5. Senior dogs will break your heart.
You owe it to yourself to have a senior dog in your life. They will make you a better human being. And if by chance you feel a piece of your heart missing after they leave this earth, don’t worry. It is a high value item to them, and like their favorite toy, they will take care to keep it safe until you meet again.” Learn more about each of these myths.
If you’re still reluctant about adopting an old dog, click here for a more thorough look into the five myths presented above. If you’re ready to adopt an old dog, here’s a great place to start, Adopt a Senior Pet.
Also, if you have an old dog, share your thoughts on what makes a senior dog a great pet.