Confessions of a Senior Dog Lover
When I went to adopt my first dog, I was told to consider a senior dog because they are calmer and have most likely had previous training. When I found 7-year-old Pom Pom at the pound, adopt a senior dog I did. Let me tell you, it is the best decision I have ever made. Most people think about getting dogs, and they always think of puppies first Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I mean, who can resist those big round eyes, ridiculously cute faces, and all that baby fat! Plus, lots of people think that you have to have a dog as a baby for them to have “true” loyalty to you. Worst of all, some people even believe that a senior dog has lost its prime and is old news. However, as a senior dog adopter, I can personally say that I have found none of the above to be true. As a first time dog owner, I was relieved that Pom Pom came home with knowledge of potty training, walking on leashes, and best of all, tricks! Whenever Dustin or I had a treat for her, sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d immediately stand on her hind legs and spin in circles. It was great fun; we never knew what she was going to show us next!
DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get me wrong — I love puppies, young dogs, and adult dogs…all dogs! But I have to admit that I feel extra satisfaction knowing that we rescued an elderly dog who now gets to spend the rest of her life in comfort and “pamperment.” After all, arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t senior doggies just like senior humans? Regardless of size or breed, they just want to have a home with people they care about, who also care about them, where they can relax and live in comfort and peace. As for Pom Pom, she may be 10-years-old now, but she still looks and acts like a puppy; she plays, she jumps, and begs just like any other dog. Senior doggies have so much love left to give, and that has definitely been proven true by Pom Pom. I look forward to adopting more senior dogs in the future and giving them a home where they can live a stress-free life Ã¢â‚¬â€œ perhaps weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll rescue a retired seeing-eye dog, or a retired race dog?