Grey Matters Blog celebrates senior dogs and provides a resource for the people who care for them. It draws upon the wealth of knowledge and experience with senior dogs offered by The Grey Muzzle Organization community. Our contributors will share articles on senior dog care, as well as relevant news, success stories from our grantee organizations, and more.
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Grey Muzzle Adopting a Senior Dog
Senior dogs are AWESOME. They’re calm, mellow, sweet, loveable, and they’re usually already house-trained. All of these traits make them so much easier than puppies — and yet, as wonderful as animals over the age of 7 are, they often represent the highest-risk population at shelters across the United States, where nearly 3 million dogs and cats are put down each year.
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.