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. All this information makes
it easier to pick the right dog and forge that instant love connection
that will last a lifetime. If you’re not so into surprises, an
older dog is for you!
- Easy to Train. Think you can’t teach an old
dog new tricks? Hogwash! Older dogs are great at focusing on you—and
on the task at hand—because they’re calmer than youngsters.
Plus, all those years of experience reading humans can help them quickly
figure out how to do what you’re asking.
- Seniors are Super-Loving. One of the cool parts of
our job is reading stories from people just like you who have opted
to adopt. The emails we get from pet parents with senior dogs seem to
all contain beautiful, heartfelt descriptions of the love these dogs
give you—and those of you who adopted dogs already in their golden
years told us how devoted and grateful they are. It's an instant bond
that cannot be topped!
- They’re Not a 24-7 Job. Grownup dogs don’t
require the constant monitoring puppies do, leaving you with more freedom
to do your own thing. If you have young children, or just value your
“me time,” this is definitely a bonus.
- 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
- Fewer Messes. Your floors, shoes and furniture will
thank you for adopting a senior pooch! Older dogs are likely to already
be housetrained—and even if they’re not, they have the physical
and mental abilities to pick it up really fast (unlike puppies). With
their teething years far behind them, seniors also are much less likely
to be destructive chewers.
- You Won’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew.
There are those who yearn for a doggie friend of their own, but hold
back because they worry what might happen in their lives in the years
to come. And they are wise to do so—a puppy or young dog can be
anywhere from an 8- to 20-year responsibility, which is not appropriate
for the very elderly or those with certain long-term future plans. Providing
a loving home for a dog in her golden years is not a less serious commitment,
but it can be a shorter one.
- They Enjoy Easy Livin’. Couch potato, know
thyself! Please consider a canine retiree rather than a high-energy
young dog who will run you ragged. Not that older dogs don’t require
any exercise—they do—but they’re not going to need,
or want, to run a marathon every day.
- Save a Life, Be a Hero. At shelters, older dogs are
often the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized. Saving
an animal’s life offers an unparalleled emotional return on your
investment, and you’ll feel the rewards every day you spend together.
- They’re CUTE! Need we say more?
Noah's Ark is the perfect place to find
dogs of every type, size, age and personality — all waiting
for a loving home. Find out what a shelter or rescue dog can bring to
your life this November during Adopt A Senior Dog Month!
Get Your Doggone Good Cookbook
Noah's Ark Animal Foundation's Doggone Good Cookbook is here! These
cookbooks make excellent gifts for all your animal-loving friends and family!
Cookbooks can be purchased at the shelter Tuesday through Friday from 1:00–5:00,
and Saturday from 10:00-4:00. You can also order cookbooks
from us and have them delivered directly to your door. Cookbooks are $15.00
each, plus shipping and handling. Your purchase of our Doggone
Good Cookbook makes it possible for us to continue our work.
In addition to over 200 of the best recipes submitted by friends of Noah's
Ark, the cookbook is a "whose who" of Noah's Ark residents and alumni,
with over 150 pictures of our (and your!) beloved animal companions. We've
also got Happy Ending stories, a place to keep track of your favorite
recipes, and a chapter devoted to dog and cat treats. Take
a peek inside and then order your cookbook! Bone
2 Happy Ending Stories
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