One of the biggest reasons senior dogs, and generally adult dogs, have a hard time getting adopted from shelters is because many people fear loss.
You know a simple way to counter that fear? Flip your perspective!
Think of your time together as half full rather than half empty, and suddenly feels like the sun just came out.
It’s like being an apprentice or lab student: the more you do, the more you learn, the more you understand. The more you are around older dogs, the more you learn how they add a certain richness that puppies haven’t developed yet. You’ll understand from these amazing experiences and moments with older dogs just how wonderful life is. You begin to question why you may have had reservations or fear about opening yourself up in the first place.
I’d rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.
Once you open yourself up to the possibilities of a life positively influenced by a senior dog, there’s no turning back.
I wouldn’t change anything about opening my heart and life up to these oldsters! The older I have gotten the more I appreciate the unique value senior dogs offer us. I am constantly reminded of why focusing on quality of life is better than a large quantity of anything.
The senior dogs at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue have an amazingly powerful influence over me in just a weekly morning shift! It never fails that one or more of these dogs show me how to appreciate life, a nice walk, a little scratch behind the ears, or just a moment of quiet in an otherwise loud and busy world.
November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month. If you’ve wondered what the fuss is about these sugar faces, I highly recommend heading to your local shelter. Volunteer. Foster. Donate. Adopt. Expose yourself to the joyful possibilities and powerful life lessons a senior dog can give.
Never fear! Senior dogs are very dear — and worth adopting!!