I may have some white on my muzzle. I may be a tad slower of step. I may have lost a tooth or two along the way. And I may have some scars both inside and out--but I’m still a good dog and just as good at holding down your couch as any other Sighthound!
Will you take a chance on me?
See Exhibit A: Mama Mia. A lovely lurcher, Mia came to SHUG after weaning her last litter--at age 11. We don’t know much else about her life before then, but she was likely used to hunt or race. Yet this senior girl with gray on her muzzle still has spring her step–quick a bit actually–and ended up as what we call a "foster failure." Just send us the paperwork, her foster parents said. She isn't going anywhere.
Today, Mama Mia plays with toys and doesn’t hesitate to get on the couch and cuddle with her dad. If a dog could beam with pride and appreciation . . . well, Mama Mia does.
And she isn't alone! Senior dogs–generally considered to be any dog over age 8–make wonderful companions. They're usually much easier to potty train and have a lower energy level. Seniors usually know the ropes or can pick them up more quickly than their younger counterparts. Also, they're ridiculously cute. Here are some handsome SHUG seniors looking for love:
Jack – a Greyhound mix from Ohio, Jack was probably used as a hunting dog and is not safe with cats or small animals. He's warming up in his foster home and getting the hang of retirement, and he has a heart of gold. When that tail gives its little wag, it will melt your heart into a puddle of goo.
Lady – a Deerhound mix found in Kansas, Lady is a beautiful wirehaired girl who is very sweet and affectionate. She's a good sized girl and loves to romp in the yard with the big boys, too!
Rabito – a Galgo from Spain, Rabito is extremely friendly and looking for love! And a lot of it! He demands pets and is always first in line for hugs and kisses. Rabito would do best in a home without cats but he's generally a happy fellow who gets along with everyone.
Peter -- a Pharaoh hound and Greyhound mix, Peter Pumpkin is a little smaller than the average Greyhound. He's a super sweet boy who can be a little shy. He's also not very fond of cats, except in the "tastes like chicken" way and would do much better in a cat-less environment.
If you have room in your house and your heart for a senior, please submit an application on our website today.
3 thoughts on “Seniors Rock the New Year”
Seniors make the very best companions! That’s all I adopt. They are, by far, more gentle, sweeter, and easier to train. Their life experiences have also endowed them with wisdom that makes them aware that you have given them a second chance. Nothing compares to the love from and for a senior.
How is Lady with cats and small dogs? We have a female Dane (unclaimed stray, 6yrs, 105#), a female IG (4 yrs, 15#) and Carl, a cat who thinks he’s a dog. Before we got Danish princess Grace, we had Riley, an Irish Wolfhound, also an unclaimed stray, so we know sighthounds, and have friends with deerhounds. BUT we’re in east-central Illinois, near Champaign-Urbana.
Brian — We’re told she is cat and small dog friendly, but her current foster (in Des Moines) has neither, so we have not tested her. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk to more.