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I’ve always had a thing for older, distinguished gentlemen with salt and pepper hair. Randy was no exception. When I saw his picture on the Internet, it was love at first sight! We started out the process feeling like we were saving his life, but now it has become clear that we had an empty spot in our hearts just waiting to be filled by this loving, laid-back, gentle boy. Randy has been with us now for about a month and of all the dogs I have had, his adjustment time to being a part of the family was the shortest.

Adopting a senior dog is a special experience. Many people are reluctant to adopt a senior pet because they feel like the dog won’t be with them long, or will incur hefty medical expenses.Those reasons may be valid, but let me explain the advantages of adopting a senior dog (and I can tell you, they far outweigh the disadvantages). Senior dogs are a known entity, you don’t have to wait for their personalities to emerge to know what you are getting. In going through a responsible shelter you will be able to work with the people there to find the best fit for your household. Senior dogs are often available because they have been living with one person or family who is now older and unable to care for the dog. This usually means that the dog is housebroken, well behaved and has limited behavioral issues (that you sometimes get with other rescue dogs). Because they are older, the senior dog does not need or want the same level of exercise

as a puppy or even adult dog. This is a huge asset if you have human couch potatoes in your home like we do! And senior dogs don’t chew everything in sight, including your best shoes and furniture, the way a puppy does.

Take a chance on a senior dog. You will feel so good about yourself and these wonderful pets will give you back far more than you give them, no matter how long they are with you.

Betsy Burtis