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Please consider adopting a senior

wenchy
October 20th, 2010, 01:31 PM
They are so kind. So gentle. So silly. Ever so grateful. They yearn for little more than love and a soft bed to rest their old souls and time to lounge in the grass in the sunshine. Sure some have medical issues/ behaviorial issues and maybe not a " lifetime " ahead of them but they deserve to live the time they have left in a secure loving place. Not end their lifetime of servitude in a pound or kennel. They are VERY easy to love, generally easy to integrate/please and especially easy to look after ( even the big guys ! ). Please do not overlook them!! They will return the love 1000fold. Of course they usually already have impeccable manners on lead, with people etc. Basically the perfect package :D


We found our silly 11 yr old GSD through : http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/maturedogs.html ( adopted through a shelter )

His former people dumped him off moving into a new home ( they also attempted " trading " their poor senior kitty in for a new kitten GRRRRR ). He was completely atrophied of any overall muscle ( looked like an egg with 4 sticks as legs, could not squat to do his business as hed shake like a leaf and could not balance ), had an awful coat but beautiful warm loving brown eyes. A few months of TLC and a 6 yo deaf sister to show him the ropes and hes now fetching balls, meandering the trails, loving having learned how to " kill " his stuffed babies ( thanks sis! ) and loves trying to sprint with his speedball sister ( he makes it a few steps hehe ).

After the emotional rollercoaster of losing my 12 yr old gsd last yr wouldve never thought wed have both a spoiled princess deaf girly and a dopey old boy. In future we will only take in more seniors and/or blind/deaf. It has been extremely rewarding. hope many others find room in their hearts/homes for the oldies too ( although there are clearly an abundance of wonderful people here who already do ). Please support organizations etc like :

http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/maturedogs.html ( donations always welcome :thumbs up )

http://blinddeafdogs.blogspot.com/

Wolfgang :

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4113/5020087899_7a5ec977f9.jpg

Crazy sis LadyBird

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4147/5020088001_e036c0feb2.jpg

BenMax
October 20th, 2010, 01:47 PM
Gorgeous pictures and a wonderful message! Thank you for sharing and this important reminder to all.:thumbs up

Chris21711
October 20th, 2010, 01:57 PM
Wenchy - beautiful dogs and bless you for opening your heart to senior dogs :thumbs up

Marty11
October 20th, 2010, 02:25 PM
I am totally going to consider a senior when I'm ready. I just lost a senior and they are soooooo easy to care for, not demanding, and very loving dogs. Right now I have two high maintenance terriers, but next time.....

Melinda
October 20th, 2010, 02:29 PM
what a wonderful story, and beautiful pups!!

Floppy Dog
October 20th, 2010, 02:54 PM
Has anyone had any experience with young children in the family when adopting an older dog? How do the children cope with the dog dies or needs to be PTS given that they have had fewer years with their pet?

chico2
October 20th, 2010, 04:53 PM
i am a senior myself and were we to get a dog,it would without question be an older dog.
i believe a lot of people are worried about the vet-costs,which often follows.
i can easily see how you fell in love with wolfgang:lovestruck:
ladybird looks like a sweat-heart too.

krdahmer
October 20th, 2010, 04:57 PM
Aw what a handsome old man!!! :lovestruck: I can see how you fell in love! And the action shot really shows what a spitfire she is too! :cloud9:

Etown_Chick
October 21st, 2010, 08:56 PM
Our Humane Society has an interesting program that matches senior citizens with senior cats, for free! It's a win/win situation.

rainbow
October 21st, 2010, 11:50 PM
Wenchy, thank you for opening your heart to Wolfgang and LadyBird :angel: .....they are both beautiful and will no doubt fill your home with love, joy and happiness. :cloud9:

lindapalm
October 22nd, 2010, 12:57 AM
Everybody wants the kittens and puppies in the shelters, the older ones can spend years waiting to be adopted. I wish more people had your attitude, Thank You.

Love4himies
October 22nd, 2010, 08:38 AM
What a great post :thumbs up,

BenMax
October 22nd, 2010, 08:40 AM
It's a wonderful post and reminder. I always recommend first time dog/cat owner to adopt an older pet. My first dog was 10.5 years old. He did not live long after, but I sure loved him alot. I also have Maddox and Spike who are not spring chickens and of course my persian that is now 13-14 years old. Adopted him last year and soooo glad I did. Love them all.