Hi, I'm Mulligan. I am a seven year old Dane. In all honesty should not have the title "Great Dane", I should be called "The Most Wonderful Dane Dog on the Planet", yep, that's my breed! I just got here almost 9 months ago. I think I like these humans, but the short, loud ones still need some training. They do this thing where they tell me I can't chase those smelly, pointy ear, meowing thingys. So demanding those humans! Worst of all, they act like they don't need ME to hold them up all day! They just aren't aware of how much they NEED me!
What's all the blog about?
The blog is about adopting senior pets. This topic is much greater in weight than that of Mulligan up there and his ego! But he's right, we do need him. We need his wisdom, his grace, his wise years of lessons and patience with humans. Great Danes naturally have a short life span due to their size. Although modern medicine makes it possible for these beautiful beasts to live much longer, 7 is considered old. Many people look into the eyes of an older senior dog and think, "I just can't take the heart ache of adopting them at the end of their life. I will get attached and then they will be gone." I agree, that is a hard situation, and a strong argument to make, but may we see it from Mulligan's eye's for a moment?
We pause from our regularly scheduled blog for a moment from the dog...
*Clearing throat* Ackhem!!!! Sorry, I licked the cat. I remember my family before these humans took me in. It wasn't terrible, but wasn't ideal either. What I do know is that I've heard from these skinny dogs that there are a ton of animals out there living in deplorable conditions. They grow up in them, live in them, sleep in them, with no humans to love. I even heard that sometimes, it's their human's, leaving them alone in the cold with nothing but the fur on their back that they came in with. I heard those are called strays, *Shivers* it's such a scary word! These guys are caught and taken to shelters or foster homes. Sometimes they are older because they were just lost and alone for so long. Those humans, they have voices, they speak to other humans and some of us old fogies get passed around and some are adopted. Now, I only know about my humans, but even us old pups need love. We might be slower, and we may not have nine lives and live forever, but all of us have so much love to give. I just love that I am now in a place where I have a soft bed and lots of hugs and kisses. So many wonderful memories! I wish other's with my age and experience could have what I have. I'm one lucky pup to have hand picked my people!
Now, back to our blogging...
I found some information online about the benefits of adopting a senior dogs. I thought I would verse the top 2 against the negatives. So here goes some pros and cons... The senior dog project srdogs.com lists top 10 reasons to adopt a senior. We shall discuss 2 of them against the con's (because there are really only 2 negatives to this idea). Number 1 positive: Older dogs are instant companions. Because many of them have life experience, they are ready to go out with you, enjoy life! As long as they are with you, they are at their happiest! Number 1 negative: They will cost too much in their old age with healthcare. Um, not necessarily true. This depends on the dog breed, general health, genetics, and previous level of care.
Number 2 positive: Older dogs are good at giving love. By the time they are in their second (or 3rd or 4th) home, they really know what love is and they are ready to give love. They appreciate the love that their new human(s) give them. Negative Number 2: It will hurt too much to let them go after only having them a short time. Yes, it will hurt. I am not going to sit here and tap on my keyboard, not looking at you in your eyes to tell you that you will be fine. The death of a loved one is never easy, young or old! You have the right to love, live and let go. I feel that after they have shown all the love they can, when they know that their human will be okay, they will join all the others over the rainbow bridge to watch as we move throughout our lives and wait for us to join them. But imagine the love you can give an elderly animal when they haven't experienced love from the start. Image the joy they will take with them and you as their person, knowing that you gave them something no one else would. To take a chance on THEM and give them the time of their life no matter how old they are is immeasurable. In short, there is no negative, adopting a senior animal isn't negative, it's a chance! So take that chance! Life is all about living life to it's fullest!
As an animal lover, I do not see the grey on their face or the limp in their legs. I don't see the tired. I feel the love that pours out of their bodies. I see the gratitude in their eyes. It's the look- that one look. So next time you visit the shelter, don't pass over the old guys, really look at them! Can't you see it? That promise? I can, and it's beautifully amazing! I wouldn't miss it for anything!