Adopters of senior dogs find them to be more mellow, better mannered, and quicker to adjust to their new homes than younger dogs. Whether you have been considering adopting a senior dog for a long time or were just recently touched by the story of an older dog in need, your new grey-muzzled best friend may be a hop, skip, and a few clicks away.
Adding a new senior dog to your home is exciting and fulfilling, but initially it may mean big changes for your new dog. This article from Grey Muzzle's Caring for Your Senior Dog discusses what you should expect when you first bring your older dog home , and offers tips for helping your new family member adjust.
If you are like most people, you will eventually decide to get another dog after your dog passes on. This is a personal decision and one that should be made very carefully and the entire family should be involved. The best time to commit to a new relationship is different for everyone, but this article offers advice what to consider when making it.
Shirley Zindler, an animal control officer and author of The Secret Life of Dog Catchers , was asked to tell us about the senior dogs she meets in her work. In this post, she describes the joy of being able to help find homes for dogs - especially senior dogs, and tells the story of one such dog, named Hilda.
Having a senior Labrador Retriever herself, trainer Victoria Stilwell is reminded daily how precious each moment we have with our dogs truly is. So many families are convinced that adopting an 8 week old puppy is the only route when getting a new dog, but the truth is that senior dogs often make a much easier transition into your home.
In Appalachia and the rural Southeast, homeless dogs face understaffed and poorly funded shelters. Raising Aid for Dogs at Risk (RADAR) was founded to support these “below the radar” country-road shelters in caring for the most vulnerable and at-risk dogs, such as seniors and those with medical issues.