November is a month that I can really get behind. Not only does my favorite food holiday, Thanksgiving, occur in November, but it is also Adopt A Senior Pet Month.
I often tell people that one of my favorite types of dogs are old ones. The golden years are full of naps on the rug in the sun, ambles about the neighborhood, and treats and tummy rubs. Yet, the cuddly cuteness of new kittens or puppies often overtakes us. How could it not?
But as you consider adding to your Floofins Family, don’t forget that some of the last animals to be adopted from shelters are the seniors. Sure, the little ones are squirmy and wiggly and cute, but the soul in the eyes of a dog that has reached an age of wisdom comes with some great benefits.
One of the reasons I adopted an adult dog was because I despise housebreaking training. While I know it doesn’t take forever and most pick up on it quickly enough, I hate cleaning the carpet, the tile, the rugs. And I just wanted a dog that would already know the “rules of the road” when it came to urination. Senior pets already have that down pat, in most instances.
Further, you know what you are getting. Personality is on full display and often you have a complete list of the features of the model you are taking home. A win-win for the pet and for the family.
And I hear you. The old ones are more likely to have health issues. Well, let me point you in the direction of a charity that I adore: the Mr. Mo Project. https://www.mrmoproject.com
This couple, Chris and Mariesa Hughes, made it their mission to house senior pets and they cover the medical expenses for the rest of the dog’s life. It makes a great option for donations if you are so inclined this holiday season.
So, keep those senior pets in mind when you start looking for your next floofin.