Adopting an Older Dog
10 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog
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1.  .Loyalty, Loyalty, Loyalty!
Chances are good that by adopting a senior mutt, you have rescued a
wonderful, loving canine from an untimely, unfortunate and unwarranted death.
A senior mutt can sense that he or she was saved and will be eternally loyal to
his or her new “forever” family.

2.  Ease Of Guardianship
Senior mutts are mellow, relaxed and ready for a new home. They are past the
puppy chewing and destruction stage and usually come with basic training.
Most senior mutts are happiest sitting at your feet or curled up in their bed next
to yours.

3.  No Huge Lifestyle Change
You don't need to worry about puppy proofing your house and constant training.
(“No! Drop it! Not yours!") And older dogs let you get a good night's sleep!

4.  .Stress Reliever
Life today can be very hectic. Studies have shown that animal guardianship can
decrease blood pressure levels and reduce stress. Senior mutts enjoy
leisurely walks, which will encourage you to exercise for even a few minutes on
your busiest days.

5.  .WYSIWYG (“What you see is what you get.”)
Senior mutts are full grown and their personalities are completely developed.
When you meet with your senior dog, you will know what kind of wonderful,
loving canine he or she is and will always be.

6.  Doggie Wisdom
Senior canines have learned many of life's lessons. They know, for example,
that shoes are for walking and bones are for chewing.

7.  Calm, Cool & Collected
Most senior dogs do not demand the time and attention that a younger dog
does and are satisfied with casual walks and cuddling. Many senior mutts
snooze the day away inside while you are busy at work and are waiting calmly
at the door for you when you return home.

8.  Old Dog, New Tricks
Senior dogs can learn new tricks and be valuable family and community
members. They also make excellent therapy dogs.

9.  Companionship For All
Senior dogs make wonderful companions for everyone, especially senior
people and busy professionals
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10.   Save A Life
Senior dogs are often the first to be euthanized in area shelters. Passed over
for cute and cuddly puppies, they often have little chance to be adopted.

Sources: Senior Mutt Match (www.seniormuttmatch.com); The Sanctuary for Old
Dogs (www.sanctuaryforseniordogs.org); The Senior Dogs Project (www.
srdogs.com