You can teach an old dog new tricks, and adopting a senior rescue dog has advantages because they have fewer bad habits. The definition of a senior dog varies by size, breed, and health. Most have outgrown inappropriate chewing, yet dogs at any age can be trained.
Our resident senior Weimaraner at Lifeline Dog Rescue (shown above) is Duke aka “Granpa”, and at age 15 that’s the equivalent of 93 in human years. He is not listed for adoption, yet could be.
Instead, this majestic male Weimaraner will be treated as royalty just like the name Duke implies. Duke was an owner surrender, has adapted well at our rescue facility, and will enjoy his golden years in retirement at Lifeline.
12 is old for a Weimaraner and most any large dog. Though rare, some Weimaraners do live to be 17 or 18 which is the equivalent of 110 human years. Small to medium dogs can live to 20 human years or older. Here’s the current world record:
According to Wikipedia and confirmed as reliable by Guinness World Records, the oldest dog ever was Bluey (7 June 1910 – 14 November 1939), an Australian cattle dog owned by Les and Esma Hall of Rochester, Victoria, Australia, which, according to an anecdotal report, lived 29 years, 6 months and 12 days.
Reference source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluey_(dog)
Besides having outgrown negative behavior, adopting a senior rescue dog has other advantages. Here’s a list from the ASPCA of the Top 10 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog. Follow that link for detailed explanations of 1-10 as summarized here.
- What You See Is What You Get
- Easy to Train
- Seniors are Super-Loving
- They’re Not a 24-7 Job
- They Settle in Quickly
- Fewer Messes
- You Won’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
- They Enjoy Easy Livin’
- Save a Life, Be a Hero
- They’re CUTE!
Lifeline Dog Rescue has listed several older dogs for adoption, and not necessarily senior citizens, yet certainly very adoptable. Others are in evaluation and may be added to our listings soon, as well.
Companion animals are proven to extend the lifespan and quality of life of their human guardians. Yes, puppies are cute and lots of fun, yet adopting a senior rescue dog can be a lot less work. Older dogs may be ideal for human seniors, as well.
Please consider an older shelter or rescue dog when deciding to adopt. Before being listed for placement, Lifeline Dog Rescue evaluates all dogs for health, temperament, and behavior. We may have just the right dog for you. View our rescue dogs for adoption and then call 863-582-2150 to learn more.