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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meg gentry

Miss Molly was trudging down LBJ Freeway in Dallas, TX and was on her last leg with medical conditions. I will always be grateful to the rescue group, Tassie's Hope, near Dallas who cared for her until I saw her photo in a newspaper. She was between 4 - 5 yrs. old and she has been my companion for 5 years now. I'm a senior so we are both about the same age in dog years. Both of us are grateful for each other. I can't imagine coming home to an empty house. Miss Molly is always heading for the door when I come home. We rescued each other. In all those years she has never made any messes in the house and tries to communicate with me. Miss Molly is part border collie and everyone knows how intelligent that breed is. She is sleeping about a ft. from me as I type this. It doesn't get any better than this....both of us feel content.


I have adopted two older dogs. They are the best. Older dogs just know what's up as soon as they walk into your house. They are already trained, they love to nap, they are friendly, and love you.

My son has had his leg amputated, due to cancer. We have got a lovely rescue dog for him, and the dog is perfect. It seemed he instantly knew my son needed something to love, and he bonded immediately with my son. The dog loves us all, but he is devoted to my son, and follows him about at all times.
It is as though fate knew we needed just the right dog- or maybe the dog knew who he was meant to be with- and it is a perfect match. We are all so happy, including our new little dog!


My family and I adopted a 13-year-old Lab mix who was dropped off at my vet's office with a request to put her down since the previous owners couldn't take care of her. Since she was healthy, my vet didn't put her down but she stayed in a cage in the back of his kennel for a year since no one wanted her. We adopted her around Christmas time and found her to be the MOST loving family member we have ever had. All she wanted was to be loved and she gave it back 10 times over. While it was horrible to have to put her down 1 1/2 years later due to kidney failure, we take comfort in knowing that we gave her 1 1/2 years of love she so completely deserved. We miss her greatly... she was the best!


stop this


That dog looks sad:( but its cute lol ..... i love dogs!!!!!<3


That picture looks sad:,( but in the inside he is happy and