12 Reasons Why Senior Pets ROCK!

Super Smiley, blog dog here, with news about the best pets ever! November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month!  

I’m not quite a senior, but I’ve been around long enough to know that senior pets rock! And unfortunately, older pets left at shelters or needing new families have the hardest time finding homes. I’d like to invite you to help me change that!

Here are some super reasons to adopt a senior:

  1. They know the ropes! Senior pets typically come from homes where they understood that humans communicate with them and take care of them. So they are usually very attentive and so grateful for a new family.
  2. Seniors are usually much calmer than puppies or kittens, which chew people things, may not be house broken, don’t know all the rules and have to learn that there are rules!
  3. Their personalities are formed so you know the animal you are getting. You don’t have to wait to see if he will be a dominant dog or she will be a lifelong wild and crazy kitty.
  4. You will know how big he will be and how much food she will need. No surprises there!
  5. Seniors don’t require the constant, constant, CONSTANT attention a puppy or kitten does.
  6. They know the basic routine ­– Like they understand they have a bed, the person feeds them, they use the cat box or “go” outside when it’s time, and they have their own personal toys that are different from the person’s personal items.
  7. Seniors often have a greater mental capacity to pick up on the house rules than a puppy or kitten who seems to just dart from one exciting thing to another.
  8. Can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Older dogs can even be easier to train than puppies because they understand communication, they are calmer, have more focus, and, again, they are so grateful to have a person who cares for them.
  9. They are already socialized. That being said, remember you are the responsible party here, so make sure you find out exactly who they are socialized to. Do they like kids, other dogs, cats…?
  10. Puppies and kittens play hard and get bored easily – always looking for the next most stimulating thing. Seniors love you, they play, and then usually take a nap.
  11. Seniors have a world of experience to share with you. You know, Megan and I believe animals are healers and teachers. So take advantage of bringing a “wise old soul” into your life.
  12. You are saving the life of one who gave all he had to his last family. How can anyone say no to that!

It’s Megan here now with ideas on how we all can share and celebrate Adopt a Senior Pet Month! Dogs are often considered to be seniors at only seven years of age. So seniors can range from pets that are just approaching “the other side of the hill” to fully geriatric pets. And all of them have so much to offer.

Ian Somerhalder, star of Vampire Diaries, is a passionate animal advocate, and he’s also a supporter of senior-to-senior programs. These are wonderful programs created to help senior humans connect with senior dogs. The calm and gentle senior dogs are perfect companions and beacons of light for elderly people who can get worlds of benefit from these loving creatures.

And, we all together can help share the great value of these special pets by doing just a few super simple things.

  1. On your social media, share a story about your senior pet.
  2. Post pics of sweet seniors.
  3. Adopt your own senior.
  4. Let others know how they can adopt a loving senior from their local shelter or from petfinder.com

In conclusion, Super Smiley said it already: You are saving a life of one who gave all he had to his last family. How can anyone say no to that!

Until Next Time,
Woof and Super Smiles from
Super Smiley and Megan Blake, The Pet Lifestyle Coach®

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