Tuesday, November 3, 2015

3 Reasons Senior Dogs are Super Dogs #AdoptASeniorDogMonth

November is when we celebrate the ASPCA’s Adopt a Senior Dog Month.  At 11 years old, I am considered a Senior Dog but Ma says I am a Super Dog.

Oz the Terrier's 3 reasons why senior dogs are super dogs for ASPCA's Adopt A Senior Dog Month

What makes senior dogs so special?  Here are three reasons that I think make senior dogs super dogs.

1)  You Know What You are Getting.  Senior Dogs are already full-grown and their personalities are set.  Even if a senior dog’s personality is such that they are bit nervous or skittish, just know that your love and caring may help make them into the confident dog they once were.

2)  You Can Count on Fewer Messes.  Senior Dogs are way past puppyhood and probably won't chew your shoes or chew your furniture and they most likely will be housetrained.

3)  You Will Get Lots of unconditional LOVE.  Senior Dogs are focused on giving and receiving love (and lots of cuddles).  Take it from me, when I was a puppy and a younger dog, I didn't want to be cuddled or held or carried...no way!  But now, as a senior dog, I have found I do enjoy some quiet time cuddled up with Ma or Daddy-dog (but it must be on my terms).

Are you a Senior Dog?  
What do you think makes a Senior Dog a Super Dog?

24 comments:

  1. We don't have any Seniors at the moment, but our other seniors were delightful.

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  2. that are great reasons to adopt a pup what's a little bit older... my aunty adopted a senior dog, it's the perfect match for her since she had a failed hip surgery . a young pup who maybe pulls on a leash would be too much for her...

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  3. I agree wiv Mom, you ARE a SUPER dog Oz!!!!!!!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  4. Excellent post Oz!! Both of us are considered SENIORS at 11 and 10 years old!! We are SUPER dogs too!!

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  5. We are not seniors yet. Lady has never been blessed with a Senior dog. Lady says when we get called to the bridge, she is only going to adopt senior dogs after that. She wants to give them a loving home in their super dog years!

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  6. We have only been lucky enough to have one dog live to be a senior dog. She was Sunny, our terrier mix, who lived to be 15. Over the years we lost two to being hit by cars when we lived on a highway in Maine (Nemo got out while a caretaker lived with him while we were overseas, Clipper escaped out the front door when I was occupied with two preschoolers), one to lymphoma at age 7 (Kasey), and our first puppy (Sinbad) was run over by a park ranger who stopped to chat with us in his van. He drove away suddenly without checking. So lots of tragedies over the years. I'm hoping so hard that Toby will be our second senior dog someday.

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  7. All Moms dogs have lived to wonderful old ages and she is hoping we will too :)

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  8. We miss our senior Scottie, Kyla. She passed last December to melanoma.

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  9. Ring Dingy Oz The Great And Powerful your message is so true, we love puppy breath but old dogs just know what life is about looking after their humans and giving them love. I am six now and am so much more in tune with the world around me and my world is Lee my human.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

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  10. We have had Bailey since he was a puppy and now he's in his senior years. Honestly, the puppy years were brutal. Since he was DH's first ever dog or pet, it was cool to have a puppy the first time, but man it was exhausting.

    For people who have lower energy or don't have the time to commit to a high energy dog an older dog can be a good match. They are often happy to spend more time relaxing and work well for older or people who want a dog, but aren't home all the time to work off a high energy dog's needs.

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  11. We have two seniors, Hazel will be 11 on Sat and Bailey will turn 13 in Dec. And an energetic pup - Mabel to keep us all on our toes!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  12. Momma adopted my angel sissy Cinderella as a senior dog, and she was the BEST! I'm a senior dog now, and I'm only getting BETTER with age!

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  13. Yup, just cuz there's snow on the roof doesn't mean there isn't a pup in the heart. We just made that up . . .

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  14. We absolutely agree that seniors are the best! Keeping them active and happy like you, Oz, and like our two girls, helps to keep you all going strong.
    Jan, Wag n Woof Pets

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  15. We love our senior sister Katie and wouldn't trade her for the world, but it is very difficult with her. She is nearly deaf, which has happened rapidly, she can't run anymore and walks very slow, she falls a lot, it makes us all very sad to see her deteriorate, but she is always so happy. It doesn't seem to bother her like it bothers us. She also has accidents in the house because her body is changing and when she has to go, sometimes she simply can't wait as her muscle control isn't what it once was. She is 13 and a large breed, which makes a difference. You smaller dogs stay younger longer. No matter what, she is still totally lovable!

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  16. We think Senior Dogs ROCK!!! Of course, 3 out of the 4 of us are Seniors... :-)!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  17. No seniors here! A 5yo, almost 2yo, 1yo, and a 5-8mo old. I'm considering adopting a senior next fall, though!

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  18. There's a book called "Old Dogs are the Best Dogs." I agree.

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  19. Since a dog is considered a senior at 7 years old, Bentley is a senior. GRR! I still think it's middle-aged because our dogs hopefully live to be 14-15 years old. Those are wonderful reasons to adopt an older dog.

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  20. three great reasons, I love senior dogs.

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  21. Love senior dogs! Mika is 6 now, so she is getting up there!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  22. Blueberry is around 10 now. I love the mellowness of an older dog, and yet they still manage to act like puppies at times. :)

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  23. You're a great senior dog Oz! Taffy is 7 now so is she! Loe Dolly

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