Why You Should Adopt An Older Dog

When I am within 6 feet of puppy breath my brain turns to oatmeal. I know what it is like to crave the smell of puppy breath and to yearn for those rough and tumble puppy shenanigans and frankly I am in throes at this very moment of full blown puppy yearning. I have a full and furry house at right now…or so I keep telling myself. I try to stifle that inner voice urging and egging me on to become a puppy parent as I remind myself of important lessons I have learned about puppyhood.

FACT: It lasts a long time

FACT: It can take a toll on your landscaping, your home furnishings, your free time and your disposable income

FACT: Nighttime REM ceases to exist! Well, that might be an exaggeration but taking your puppy out to potty at night can make it seem like your head hasn’t been on the pillow long enough nor your eyes closed long enough to ever get to that productive deep sleep.

“Ain’t but three things in this world that’s worth a solitary dime,
But old dogs and children and watermelon wine.” –Tom T Hall

I have had puppies and I have had older dogs. Honestly, I am not sure I know of anything much cuter than a puppy. Except maybe two puppies. But there are so many reasons to adopt an older dog that I am surprised there is any resistance to the idea. Some of my reasons are:

  • WYSIWYG. With older dogs “What you see is what you get” is so true. Puppies don’t always turn out to be the dog of our dreams. If you spend some time with an older dog you can get a pretty good feel for what their personality is like.
  • They are past the chewing stage thankfully.
  • They are housebroken generally.
  • They bond very quickly, and dare I anthropomorphize and say they “appreciate” the second chance? They do seem grateful.
  • They fit in immediately with family life. They are already use to the schedules of human beings.

If you have one breed you are particularly taken with you can find a breed-specific rescue group. Not only are they a great source of information about that breed, but they also often have dogs that appear to be mainly that particular breed with a little extra something tossed in the mix.

The AKC also information about rescue groups affiliated with each breed.

So if you have a busy schedule already and really don’t have the time it takes to properly socialize and train a puppy, consider an older dog. Though older dogs may have less time left to share their love they seem to make up for it with adoration and¬†gratefulness.

Photos Credits: David Tolnem on flickr

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