Keeping a dog is not a simple thing. There are a lot of things that need to be well thought-out.
Even the youngest and healthiest pup can be a handful, more so having a senior dog that most of the time need attention. They are sadly often disregarded at the shelter for adoption or rescues.
Senior dogs are no different than young ones. Yes, they may be old, slow and sickly but the love and joy they offer are the same as all dogs. It might even be more genuine than the young ones because of the experiences that they already went through.
Our mind is already set that having a senior dog is not as fun and not as easy compared to having a young one. We tend to be idealistic sometimes when owning a dog. Carefully weigh your options first before getting all excited to drive to a shelter and adopt a dog.
Make a checklist of you and your family’s need, want, daily routine and most importantly, schedule. It’s not always that the dogs will adjust to us; we also need to adjust for them.
A dog’s cuteness is not the only basis for adoption; they are all cute in their own way. The question is, can you handle an energetic pup?
On the other hand, senior dogs can be fun too. If you’re a busy person and don’t have the energy to jog after work, you and a senior dog can slowly walk down the street and just enjoy each other’s company. They can sometimes even surprise you with a pack of tricks.
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Kurbis, a senior dog who finally found a family, experienced the happiness of being a puppy as he was loved by the people who took him in. He felt happier and younger in the care of his new parents.
When the time comes that you think you’re ready to have a furry best friend, don’t set aside that senior dog, they too can be a puppy full of antics with lots of love and care. Senior dogs can be a perfect companion, and they can surely teach you a lot in life.
Watch how Kurbis’ life was changed by his new family in the video below.
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Thanks, Life with Dogs, for sharing with us this story.