As my friend says, adopting a senior dog isn't hard because you get to write the final chapter of their life. Isn't that a great approach? Rather than letting fear or sorrow motivate you, choosing to bring an older dog into your home and life in order to have your love and care be the last experiences they have is just wonderful.
You can't make old friends. Experiencing life with our own senior dog taught us a lot.
Whether you have a dog who is approaching their senior sweetheart years, or you are thinking about adopting an older dog, here are some of the life lessons an older dog can teach you:
- Older dogs show you how to savor naps. No more 20 winks! Learn to let the wash of serenity soothe your spirit.
- When you slow down to enjoy the sights and smells of a walk you often make new discoveries, even in your own backyard!
- As they age, senior dogs love and appreciate feeling protected and nurtured as much as any puppy
- None of us know what we will experience after we leave this earth, but feeling the steadfast fellowship of another being as we go forward is something we all would cherish
- Living in the moment and focusing on the simple pleasures found around us each and every day is a gift, and something older dogs know well.
What has an older taught you about life?