Why You SHOULD NOT Adopt an Older Dog

In preparing to foster Sargent I read numerous articles about ‘why you want to adopt a senior dog.’ Instead of listing the reasons why I think adopting a senior dog is a great idea, I am going to tell you all the reasons why you don’t want to adopt an elderbull, especially one as wonderful as Sargent.
Β DSC_0374You SHOULD NOT adopt an older dog if:

  1. You want a dog that you have to spend hours training, instead of an instant companion that already knows commands and can walk on a leash very well.
  2. You want a dog that is constantly on the go and never settles down, instead of one with a good amount of energy, but loves nothing more than to lay with you on the couch.
  3. You want a dog that you have to walk for hours every day, instead of one or two short walks around the block.
  4. You don’t want a dog that you already know his personality and you would prefer to take a chance on a puppy who’s personality could change over time.
  5. You don’t want a dog that will love you more than anything in the entire world and who is just grateful for your love.
  6. You prefer to constantly watch, monitor and clean up after a younger pup.
  7. You don’t want to save a life and are fine knowing that older dogs are often the last to be adopted and the first euthanized at a shelter.
  8. A few years seems like too much of a commitment.
  9. You don’t feel bad that after almost a lifetime with someone else they are now in need of a soft place to land to live out their golden years.
  10. You don’t like the salt and pepper ‘distinguished’ gentleman look.

DSC_0513If the reasons stated above do not apply to you, and you feel like you DO want to adopt an older dog, I happen to know one that would be perfect for pretty much anyone. He is handsome, well trained, pretty low energy, but still acts like a young pup even at 12 years old. Sargent is the perfect dog and is available for adoption!

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22 thoughts on “Why You SHOULD NOT Adopt an Older Dog

  1. I love this! I went through a time in which I really wanted to adopt a senior dog, but we are still very active and young and enjoy involving our pets in as many activites as possible, so it just wasn’t the right time. Maybe once we are retired πŸ˜‰

  2. Love it! I agree with you! I will only rescue a dog that is at least five and I hope to take in a senior also! As someone who has had the opportunity to love many senior dogs, I can firmly attest that old dogs are the BEST dogs.

  3. I have to agree! we adopted our German Shepherd mix 3 years ago at the age of 6 from the local shelter and she’s slotted into our lives perfectly! we’ve had no accidents in the house, short evening walks, long weekend walks, no chewing, no jumping up, not a thing knocked out of place in the house, she was a dream to train with treats and praise, and she looked ever so distinguished on our holiday card sitting next to Santa with matching grey chin. She loves a Sunday morning lie in more than we do! We are honored to be her retirement plan.

  4. You’re right! When I adopted Kaya as a puppy I did NOT get the dog I had bargained for. She’s almost 2 now and after countless hours of training she is finally getting there. But I’ll never forget this beautiful 10 year-old pit bull I saw at the shelter the day I met Kaya. He was on the stray side, not the adoption side or I may very well have ended up with and elderbull instead!

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  6. You had me a little worried there… we happen to be fans of the older kids. The older we get, the older the ‘entry’ age – or at least that was the plan. We are over-dogged right now, but if there ever came a time when we found ourselves ‘looking’, 5 is the minimum age, at least for now. That age will more than likely go up as we ourselves continue to age. Then again, none of our kids, including our 13 year old, are allowed to die or get lost, so we probably won’t be ‘looking’ ever again!

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