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The Joys of Adopting Senior Pets

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Owning an Older Pet

I was recently contacted by a family member of a past client as the client had sadly died. The only other family member from the same household was very ill. They asked if I could take in the family dogs to help them out during this difficult period.

To cut a long story short, I eventually passed one of the two dogs over to breed rescue. Then, when I realised that the second was too old to be rehomed, I offered to keep it. The other is a very elderly French Bulldog!

Now, if truth be known, I am a German Shepherd person, but I couldn’t see the old chap having to make one last trip to the vet so now he is in my house.

He is a lovely little thing: a bit falling apart due to his age. I am told ten is past the average life expectancy of a Frenchie, but he has a little go in him yet for sure.

It made me think about taking on an older pet and how, contrary to popular belief, senior pets can sometimes offer just as much vitality and joy as their younger counterparts. But there is also joy in other ways.

Indeed, a more sluggish, calmer older pet might suit your lifestyle better!

Experienced in Life

Senior pets, typically classified as those over the age of seven, come with a wealth of experience and a well-developed personality. Unlike their younger counterparts, they’re often past the stage of bouncy puppyhood or curious kittenhood. Instead, they offer a sense of calmness and stability, making them ideal companions for individuals or families seeking a more relaxed pet dynamic.

Skip the Training

One of the biggest advantages of adopting a senior pet is that they often come pre-trained. Many have already mastered basic commands, are house-trained, and have outgrown destructive behaviours.

Act of Kindness

Sadly, senior pets are frequently overlooked in rescue centres. Often spending their final years waiting for a forever home that may never come. By adopting a senior pet, you’re not only giving them a second chance at love and companionship but also freeing up space in rescue centres for other animals in need. It’s a heart-warming act of kindness that can profoundly impact both your life and theirs.

And, Actually

You and your family and friends might actually be surprised as to how rewarding taking on an older pet might be. Unfortunately, yes, you might be spending fewer years with them than if you had adopted a younger animal. But the golden years are often the best years of life.

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