by Mary Grace Mauneymmauney@mistermigs.com
Yesterday was National Puppy Day, and while we at Mister Migs love puppies to pieces, we thought that, following their day, we’d take a moment to talk about dogs at the opposite end of their lifespans. While the appeal of puppies speaks for itself, many people never even think about senior dogs and why they might be an equally good choice for a loving pet. This is quite unfortunate, since puppies have a much easier time getting adopted than a dog in its golden years.
There are more reasons to take in a golden-oldie than sympathy, however. For starters, a senior is likely to be already trained, or at the least easier to train because they’re calmer than puppies and better able to focus. Their personalities are already set too, so you’re not going to be in for a lot of surprise developments like with a puppy, and the previous caretaker can usually fill you in on all their quirks. They’re not hyper, and don’t require the constant exercise and attention that a puppy does, nor the 24/7 monitoring. A dog that is already an adult is a much better choice for children, for someone who has never owned a dog, or who doesn’t have time for a puppy. Also, not to be cynical, but the fact is that an older dog is going to be a shorter commitment than one just beginning its life.
Some people may think that a senior won’t love them as much as a puppy will. After all, you’re the first person in a puppy’s life, while the senior has already had other bonds. These people underestimate the boundless love of dogs; senior dogs are every bit as adoring and affection as their younger counterparts. Dogs have no bias about when a person comes into their lives, or if they came first; all they care about is that you are here now to love them and be loved in return.