It’s so easy to go into a shelter and see the bouncy, energetic, wiggly younger dogs. Dogs with vim and vigor. But the seniors dogs, the dogs with wisdom and mileage on them are often over looked. Mainly because they don’t have the ‘shine’ on them the younger dogs do or they can come with some health issues.
If you are considering adding to your family, here are 10 reasons to consider adopting a senior Pit Bull or an older dog from Ring Dog Rescue:
- When senior pets are adopted, they seem to understand that they’ve been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it.
- A senior pet’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.
- You can teach an old dog (or cat or other pet) new tricks: Senior pets have the attention span and impulse control that makes them easier to train than their youthful counterparts.
- A senior pet may very well already know basic commands anyway!
- In particular, senior pets are often already housetrained, or can be more easily housetrained than a young pet with a tiny bladder.
- A senior pet won’t grow any larger (well, height and length-wise :), so you’ll know exactly how much pet you’re getting.
- Senior pets are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger pets, who may get into mischief because they’re bored.
- Speaking of relaxing, senior pets make great napping buddies.
- Senior pets know that chew toys (not shoes) are for chewing and scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching.
- Senior pets are some of the hardest to find homes for — so when you adopt a senior pet, you’re truly saving a life.
Also consider working with your local rescue organizations (Ring Dog Rescue, Bully Paws – Richmond, Annabelle’s Second Chance Pit Bull Rescue) to foster senior dogs, giving them a loving, comfortable environment for their final stage in life. Donna Reynolds from Bad Rap said the following about compassion holds for senior dogs:
“Compassion Holds are a worthy way to give comfort to an old or sick dog that would normally be destroyed in crowded shelters – pit bulls especially. Unfortunately many busy shelters still see an old or ailing pit bull as an opportunity to open kennel space via euthanasia. We commend those that rebel against old-world shelter tradition and are willing to contact local resources for special case like these … We know you’re swimming upstream, especially in places where pit bull type dogs are plentiful.”
A senior Pit Bull offers a grace and warmth that defies description. The one thing is certain, no matter the age, when a Pit Bull is happy, safe and secure, they will always have that sweet distinctive pittie smile and a tail that never stops moving to show their zest for life. They are grateful for the little things, and still maintain an exuberance for life.