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Adopt A Senior Dog
Older, wiser, mellower—what could be better?
At 17-years-old, Lenny is Bark

Yesterday, on my morning stroll with Lulu and Renzo, I met a couple walking an 11-year-old mutt they had just adopted from the Seattle Humane Society. I use the word mutt as high praise because this dog was shaggy and black with a graying, eternally charming muzzle. I’m a sucker for the type. But I knew she was the sort of dog a person with less imagination or compassion might pass by in a shelter. Just as I was thinking how lucky she was to be adopted at this stage in her life, I looked back at the woman on the other end of the leash. She was beaming. Seriously, thrilled with her new dog. And I realized, of course, there was lots of luck to go around.

 
The meeting was auspicious: November is Adopt-A-Senior-Dog Month. Time to spread the word about what makes a senior dog a great addition to a home. Seniors settle in quickly, enjoy a more laid-back schedule, and have already passed through messy puppy stages to name just a few of the many reasons to adopt an older dog. What makes your senior puppy the bomb?

 

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom. lisawogan.com
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Submitted by Whitney | November 5 2010 |

Although our family didn't adopt a senior puppy, we did adopt a "non-puppy" at a year and a half. Glancing over at Zipper lying next to me, I know adopting her was one of the best decisions we've made as a family. She completes our "family pack". Can't imagine life without her.

Submitted by beth | November 15 2010 |

We have a 10-12 yr old dog- we first fostered her now she owns us- They were going to put her down at the shelter- but the rescue place near by - got her and the rest is history- we have adopted her- she follows me everywhere- we love her so much- very glad we did get her--

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