Five Reasons Why Old Dogs Rock

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 11:00am

You know it’s true: Senior dogs are the best. As much as we can’t resist puppies, there is something about an old pooch that really makes our hearts sing. In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, we’re counting down the top five reasons why old dogs rock.

1. What you see is what you get. Older dogs are open books—from the start, you’ll know important things like their full-grown size, personality and grooming requirements.
2. Seniors are super-loving. Adopted dogs already in their golden years are devoted and grateful. They create an instant bond that cannot be topped!
3. They settle in quickly. Older dogs have been around the block and already learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack. They’ll be part of the family in no time!
4. Seniors enjoy easy livin’. Couch potato, know thyself. Consider adopting a laid-back canine retiree rather than a high-energy young dog who needs constant monitoring.
5. They’re CUTE! Need we say more?

Did you adopt a senior dog? Tell us about your elder states-pooch in the comments below.

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Natalie White

I adopted a 16 year old Minpin named Petey last year from a couple taking him to the shelter because they didn't have time for him anymore. It was the best decision I never made!! He is deaf, partially blind, arthritic, hunch-backed, and in the beginning stages of congestive heart failure but he is the greatest little man. I don't know how he gets up outa his little bed every day but he does. I would trade in all 5 of my other dogs for 5 more Peteys. :)

melissa brady

We adopted/rescued a 13yr. Old maltese/chihauha mix who was in bad shape. Deaf,blind,matted,rotted teeth, toes curled under and borderline kidney failure. After she was all cleaned up she was the most gratful,devoted dog we ever had. Our kids loved her and she was full of pep. She went everywhefe with our family. She only lived a year and a half but we know that was the happiest time of her life and she died happy! It was a very extra sad day for my whole family! I have a 2 other purebred dogs that we purchased but we said from now on it will always be a recued older dog! They are the best! We miss our little dog and one day we will adopt another older shelter dog.


Older dogs do indeed rock! I adopted Joey at the tender age of 12. He lived in a cage for the first 12 years of his life. When I got him, he was deaf and had cancer. He joined my pack of 5 and settled in very nicely. He only had 10 months to live, but he was pampered until the end. A very loving little boy. Mitzi was 10 when she joined my family when her elderly owner died. The same with Parker. He was 9. Casey was thrown out of his house to make room for a new puppy. He was perhaps one of the sweetest and silliest of all my dogs. Pia was 6 when her family tossed her out like a bag of garbage. She lived for another 8 years with me and was so sassy and sweet that I miss her to this day. I don't have dogs in my family now, and I miss them terribly. I do however, have 6 fantastic cats that were strays or ferals that I adopted.Please adopt older dogs and cats.

Betsy Kruckenberg

I'm like everyone else, puppies are so cute but there is something very special about older dogs. I have adopted several older dogs and they are so sweet. When you adopt an older dog you don't know how many years you will have to share with them, but there is great satisfaction in the love and devotion they share with you, however long you share your lives together.


I just want to thank all these kind people for giving the older dogs loving homes. I lost my old dog 3 years ago and I have never felt such grief. He was a shelter dog on death row when I adopted him. We had 11 years together and I've never had a better companion.


I couldn't agree more. I managed at a dog shelter for a period and i came to really love the old dogs out of that experience. they were attentive, smart, and easy to communicate with. they had been around long enough to get human body language. good sense of humor too on many of the old guys. you can teach old dogs plenty of new tricks. i will never adopt anything but older dogs. puppies are really overrated.

John Rubano

We adopted Rosie from the Arkansas Valley ASPCA in Colorado when she was 10 years old. She is the sweetest most loving dog we have ever owned. She is now 14, still going strong, and she thinks she is 2! She plays with and throws around a floppy toy every day, and she loves to go for walks every day. We have happily provided her with her "retirement home" and she has returned our love 10 fold!

Cindi Saunders

We adopted a 13 year old dog and a 10 year old dog and they have been absolytely marvelous! Unfortunately the 13 year old only lived for about 2 years but we enjoyed her enormously and she had a great bag of tricks! The 10 year old is now 13--a very loving and well-behaved young lady. We couldn't ask for a better friend.

carla brown

i became the proud owner of 'piglette' (formely bella) when she was 12 years old. her former owner just got tired of her and wanted her gone - sigh. she is a cross of a j.r. / chih. and although i am partial to larger dogs - she has been nothing more than a snuggle bug and has a non-asssuming character; just a sweet heart. today, she is 16 yrs old, deaf and slowly going blind but i cherish all the times we have together. she's an amazing dog!!!


Because their wise cute looks that get them anything they wish. Aren't scared to learn new tricks and such a friend that hard to let go of. xx :))