The rewards of adopting older pets


Hmmm, blogger is sucking up and not showing pictures. Sorry for the missing pics in the previous post and the inability to post the picture I’d like to have here. (Note: I was finally able to post a Yuki picture but it may disappear – sorry if that happens.)

The picture is of a little black dog I adopted when she was a senior. Yuki is just one of the older pets I’ve adopted. I know people worry about adopting other people’s “problems” and hesitate to get an older pet. But so often this is NOT the case.

With people moving and not taking pets, with economics changing the ability to keep housing, with not all people feeling pets are part of the family — these are just some of the many reasons good animals end up needing new homes.

Older pets are often already housebroken or litter box trained. They often have become more mellow with age and they are always so grateful and loyal when they are given another chance to have a home. One of my favorite senior adoptions was a Scottish Terrier named Duncan. At approximately 12, he had a life of ups and downs. His first home had taken care of him but didn’t take him with when they moved. His next home kept him tied out on a chain and did not keep him groomed. He was, however, given all he could eat and was overweight and not exercised.

When he came to live with me Duncan was obese, going deaf, had chronic ear infections, and was developing a heart condition. He was also one of the most fantastic little guys I’ve ever known.

Duncan loved to just hang out with me. After just a week of exercise Duncan was able to get up on the couch. Once on the couch he would sit back like a chubby little old man, his back leaning against the back of the couch, his paw resting on the couch arm. I would look over from my seat and I swear, Duncan would wink! He would then doze off while I worked on my computer – very companionable and never demanding.

Duncan lived less than a year after he moved in with me. We had to do daily ear cleaning because of the chronic ear problems. Fortunately, Duncan did not hold a grudge, even though he hated the ear cleaning. I do not regret one minute of the time we spent together and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. He was such a pleasure to know.

I’d love to hear from other people who have adopted adult pets. Please, share your stories and tell us about your special older pet.

And if it stays, this is a picture of my adopted as an adult, senior collie, Jenny. She has appointed herself the neighborhood greater so when we’re out in the yard she will walk out wagging her tail when anyone walks by. She’s very popular!

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