November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month. I received an e-mail from Camp Bow Wow on Sunday promoting this special effort and what the company rightfully calls “the benefits that come with adopting a senior dog.”
Senior Pets are far less energetic then their puppy counterparts
You Know What You are Getting – Their size and personality are fully-developed
Man’s Best Friend gets better with age – Loyal and always ready for a nap (by your side)
And the e-mail offered the following from Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow.
The Benefits of Adopting a Senior Dog
Relax: Most of us live hectic lifestyles running from here to there all day long. Senior pets tend to have less energy and want lots of love, so what better way to end your day than to relax with your new best friend? It will do wonders for both of you.
You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks: Despite the common myth that you can’t train older dogs, older dogs actually learn quite well. Not only will doing some reward-based training help you and your new dog create a positive bond, it will also help keep your dog’s brain active and challenged.
Exercise: Every dog needs exercise, no matter how old they are, but senior dogs generally need to travel a shorter span before they get tired. This means both you and your new friend will get out and about together for some exercise, but you won’t need to travel the distances you would need to with a younger dog.
You Make a Difference: Most people want to adopt the younger pets at shelters, so senior dogs are frequently overlooked. Bringing a senior pet into your home will surely make that pet feel special. Knowing you are helping them live out the last years of their life with a loving family by their side and a warm bed to lay on will make a difference for them, and for you.
My wife and I have adopted many senior pets over many years. They have all been fantastic members of our family. Too often, they are overlooked in shelters by people looking to adopt. Please consider giving an older cat or dog a chance to live out his or her senior years in the comfort of a loving home.