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November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month

Friends of the Animals - Curly Jo Whitman

Good Morning Chester, Curly Jo here again with some wonderful news for everyone coming up this month. November is here and along with it comes many fall activities and festivals around the county and country.  But one that is especially near and dear to my heart is that that the whole month of November to recognize all the dogs in shelters around the country in need of a good and loving home.

You all ready know dogs come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  Adult dogs and puppy dogs can be found at any animal shelter in abundance on any given day.  Each one is guaranteed to brighten you life and make you smile.  If you are looking for a specific breed of dog and don’t want to view the choices at the local shelter, get on the computer and search a rescue group.  Please consider the senior dog before looking at puppies.

Many senior dogs are given to our nation’s animal welfare groups and shelters every year, not because they are bad or unlovable, but more simply because their humans could no longer care for them.  This is especially true of senior animals.  Since these dogs are surrendered they need a second chance and each year during the month of November you can give a dog that second chance by adopting one.  Having a dog rocks so if you are thinking about getting a dog soon, please visit your local animal shelter or rescue groups across the nation before you spend hundreds or thousands of dollars for a pure bred dog from a breeder.  There are an abundance of healthy senior pets looking for a special home to cherish them for the rest of their lives.  Many of them are already trained as well as house broken if you choose to keep them inside.  They will also like quiet moments and tend to have a slower activity rate.  Not to mention have outgrown the need to chew and scratch everything in sight.  Older pets have plenty to offer adopters and the least of which is love.  Unconditional, nonjudgmental love is what you get by adopting a senior dog. 

Experts say dogs will promote exercise, help lower your blood pressure, fight heart disease, and even loneliness and depression.  They also lend a quiet ear to your most closely held secrets and provide a bond that is unequaled.  Dogs are great listeners and never tell your secrets.

Before you visit the shelter take a look around at your living space and decide just how much room a dog will need your lifestyle and budget.  If you travel a lot or the dog would be along most of the time maybe you need to rethink your reasons for adoption.  Dogs are pack animals and love being part of the family and don’t do so well when left alone. Lonely dogs become bored and look for entertainment and that may lead to destructive behavior.

Remember you have to be realistic children make promises they won’t be able to keep as far as the feeding, cleaning up after or exercising a dog.  The “New” tends to wear off rather quickly after the dog comes home.  We are a commitment could be as long as 10 years in some cases so be sure the dog you choose will be the right fit for your lifestyle.  The decision to adopt is too important to be made carelessly.

So have a plan and do your home work.  Make sure the dog you choose will be the right choice for you.

Until next time, remember “Adoption is the Loving Option”. 

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