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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I adopted at 10 1/2 year old Chihuahua named Paco who came into the shelter I volunteer at as a euthanasia request. I am grateful to the shelter that they took a chance on him and he was available for adoption. He was the cutest thing and I soon fell in love. The shelter was kind enough to cat-test him for me and that was all I needed for him to move in with me and my feline family. I'm ever so grateful for Paco -- he's a small guy with a great big heart!


I rescued a 12.year old siberian husky. i nhad just put two dogs down two weeks before and had no intention of anyother one but my son wanted a shepard and when we went to pick him up there was this pretty husky in the corner. I called her and she came right over and that was that. She had a tumor on her stomach which I had removed and bad teeth which we had taken care of. She is now 15 and one of the sweetest dogs that ever owned me

Kay Aszman

While I was vol for our local shelter 4 yrs ago, I found my current squeeze, an 8? yr old spaniel-mix. EVERYONE, including me, says she is the sweetest dog they've ever met. She was & is exactly what she appeared to be at the time, a gentle soul who just wants to please.


I hadn't planned on getting another dog since I already had 3, but I received a Petfinder notice about an 8 year old Siberian Husky about 150 miles away from me. My son and I went to see her, and what greeted us was a small,skinny dog whose ear tips were falling off due to fly bites. She sat on my son's lap all the way home. It's been almost 3 years, and she has become the love of my life. She won't let me out of her sight and "talks" to me constantly. She has brought such love into this house. I would never hesitate to get an oldie but goodie again.

Hope Maynard

Years ago, I visited the dog kennel, hoping to find a pet for me. I had a disturbing past and wanted a dog to call mine, and to love. I stumbled upon a ugly dog, a skinny poodle who was only nine pounds. He was sickly. He had been nutured and the kennel let him sleep on the cold wet cement. It had been raining. I was appalled! They didn't bother to put anything for him to lay on, and he just had surgery. I was so angry with the place already. I stared at him and thought, he is so sickly he may be a fortune to get healthy. But something about his eyes said he needed me as much as I needed him. I brought him home, and made a appointment for him with the local vet. I found out he was 5 years old, and sure enough, it did cost me a good bit to get him back to good health. But....he turned out to be the best dog EVER. He ran around like a young dog, but when it came to night, he loved that bed, he also loved his naps. He went on vacations with me, to the beach, to cook outs, and every where I went. Once at a cookout, he grabbed a hamburger off the grill. He burned his moustage, but kept on eating that burger. We all laughted at him. He healed me emotionally while I healed him physically. I loved his soooo much. He was with me 12 years before he died. I grieved myself to death. It took me 2 years to overcome this death. I cried and cried. He was the best dog on earth and I will always adopt a dog from the kennel rather then get a puppy.

Claudia Levasseur

My mom adopted a senior dog from a rescue group. Sasha is the most loving, friendly, dog and fit into mom's home within one day. Her and her other dog abby bonded immediatley and have brought so much joy into my mothers life. No chasing after a puppy or trying to house break the dog. Sasha is a young 8 year old australian Shepard.

Connie Wagoner

My little girl was 3 when I got her she is now 15, no teeth, half blind and deaf but she never feels to old to jump around when I have been gone to greet me and some times she forgets she is an old lady and trys to pull my shocks off

Suzanne Zaman

We found our beautiful little Sheltie wandering in a Target parking lot. After searching for over a month, his "owner" showed up and said they really liked him, but didn't want to pay for his vet bills. (He had an ear infection, his teeth were falling out, he had never been neutered.) During the month we had him, we had all these things taken care of.) Anyway . . .He is the most wonderful little Sheltie, sweet, loving, gentle - we call him a Barrister, because he seems so wise. He just turned 15, and he is such a love. An older dog is wonderful!!!

Mike McNamara

I have three senior dogs from a shelter. I was told my Sheltie (age 8 at time of adoption) was "unadoptable" due to a severe overweight condition and other medical issues. Well, 3 years later he's down to his normal weight and the medical issues are a thing of the past and he's going strong. I will always adopt senior dogs.

Joyce Morris

Brandy was 13 years old when she became part of our household. Her human family were getting divorced, and she was going to be "put to sleep." Make that "killed"--I hate the euphemism. She was old and crippled, but still spirited. As spirited as a golden retriever gets. I had her in my car, and we were on our way to the vet's office before her former human got to the end of the street. She began to get treatment for her terrible arthritis and her other less serious ailments. She got a warm comfortable bed inside the house instead of being relegated to an open garage with a thin rug. Although she howled when first left with me--she knew she was being abandoned by the person she had lived with all her life--she quickly became a member of the family, the matriarch in fact. She was the eldest of my four dogs, and they all showed her the respect due to an elder.

Brandy was only with us for a year, but I feel good thinking that her last year just may have been the best year of her life. She gave us so much, not least of which is the knowledge that adopting a senior dog brings wonderful rewards to the adopter.