Monday, November 4, 2019

November is Senior Pet Month

We have two senior dogs in our household.

It's obvious that Chloe, at 14 years, is a senior - her hips and back legs are weakening, she tires easily - even walking for only a few minutes - and she's getting more lumps and bumps as each year passes.

mastiff rottweiler mix senior dog

But Sasha, at 10 years, is also a senior dog. It's hard to comprehend sometimes when you see her high level of energy, willingness to play, hike, or go running after the bike, and her excellent overall health.

rottweiler senior dog

November is Senior Pet Month - a time to celebrate all of the joy that your dog (or cat) has brought into your life. Do you know how old your dog is in dog years? It's not as simple as 7 years for every 1 human year. Large breeds tend to age much faster than their smaller relatives.

dog age chart

If you're thinking of adopting a dog - why not consider a senior? Senior dogs are excellent for someone who is looking for a quiet companion to keep them company, share their snacks, and just give and receive as much love as possible. Senior dogs in shelters are less likely to be adopted, but are so appreciative when they are!

mastiff rottweiler senior dogs

Of course there are cons to adopting an older dog - they're likely to need veterinary care more often, they may already have developed bad habits that are hard to break, and the number of years you have with them will be shorter. But why not make those years the best ones possible?

If you have a senior dog, or you're friends with someone who has one, make sure you show them a little extra love this month. And help spread the word about how wonderful older dogs are - let's get them all out of the shelters and into loving homes.

mastiff rottweiler mix senior dog

rottweiler senior dog

Here are links to some senior pet rescues in Canada and the US:

ElderDog Canada  (Ontario) - also supports older adults in caring for their animals

Before the Bridge Senior K9 Rescue (Manitoba)

Young At Heart Senior Pet Adoptions (Illinois)

The Old Dog House (Florida)

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue (California)

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