Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month? This month, I am excited to talk to you about all the reasons a senior pet will make the best pet for your home.
I also get to share with you about Tucker’s first year as a senior dog — he’s almost 8! There are just so many reasons to adopt a senior dog or a cat for that matter.
In today’s world, many animal shelters are filled with healthy and active senior dogs that are in need of a home, but because of them being older, they get overlooked a lot.
Here are a few reasons why I think you should consider adopting a senior dog.
1. Older Dogs Give Lots of Love
I don’t know about you, but for me, there is nothing better than getting love from my dog on a day when everything has just sucked. When Tucker snuggles up next to me, it’s like he knows that I have had it rough — and his sweet loving is exactly what the doctor ordered for me.
Just because a dog is older, does not mean that they get crankier. Yes, some do, but for the most part, senior dogs are very loving and gentle.
They have a lot of love to give — and they can still have lots of personality and spunk even if they don’t have as much energy as they did in their younger years.
2. Require Less Exercise and Play Time
When adopting your first dog, if you choose a puppy, honestly — they are just like a baby — no joke. They require SO much time and attention. Senior dogs are older, and don’t require as much playtime and exercise.
What they want more than anything is to just snuggle up next to you wherever you are and be your constant friend and companion.
3. Housebroken is the Best
When you adopt a senior dog, there is no need to go through the potty training process like a puppy would need. They are already housebroken and don’t make huge messes in your home.
Adopting a senior dog who is already housebroken, it will save you a lot of time and energy that is definitely required of you when you consider adopting and training a young dog.
And if you think “an old dog can’t learn new tricks”, then you have never met some of the senior dogs I’ve met.
4. Senior Dogs Don’t Chew on Anything
When my puppies were little, I cannot tell you how many pairs of shoes I had to replace thanks to the teething phase. However, once they reached the adult age and then later the senior age, the chewing stopped and I was forever grateful.
5. Diet is Simple
Older dogs might seem complicated with their diets when they age, but I have come to find that honestly — they are a lot more simple.
A checkup with your local vet can kind of tell you what kind of food your dog may need — and that is where Rachael Ray Nutrish comes in for us.
Every Rachael Ray Nutrish food and treat recipe is made with simple ingredients like real meat and wholesome veggies, so they’re naturally delicious. You can pick them up at any local retailer like Walmart, Krogers, and more.
For us, this is great because Nutrish offers regular dog food, but she also has Zero Grain as well for our pets that do need a healthier diet.
The best thing is that it is easily accessible and I don’t have to jump through hoops to provide my senior dog a great meal.
And with this being adopt a senior pet month, I cannot help but give a shout out to Rachael’s Rescues — the nonprofit organization that Rachael put together to help fur babies — old and young – find forever homes.
And here is the REAL reason I love Nutrish so very much —
100% of Rachael’s personal proceeds from sales of Nutrish have gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for animals in need.
What is not to love about this brand?
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The need for senior dog adoption is great. I hope you’ll consider bringing a senior shelter pet into your home.