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Old 11-18-2009, 04:06 PM
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If you were going to adopt an older dog, how old would be the limit for you giving a new home to a dog? Do you have an age limit. Would you even adopt a homeless senior? Just wondering. We're thinkin of adding a puppy mill chi so that she can spend the rest of her days in peace (she wouldn't be bothered much by the other dogs) but she's very, very old. (15)

? Thanks. (I'm not looking for advice on this particular dog, just wondering what you think about adopting elderly dogs)
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Old 11-18-2009, 04:19 PM
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If you can handle the fact that you will most likely get attached and her days may be short, than I say go for it. It affects some people a lot harder to loose a pet in a short time than others. You know yourself best. But I am quite sure that she would really appreciate having a caring and loving home for the reamaing days of her golden years.
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Old 11-18-2009, 04:47 PM
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my first dog as an adult was a 15 year old miniature poodle. her owner had to go into a nursing home, and it's not easy to find a home for an ancient poodle with health problems. i had her for 18 months and it was both wonderful and terribly hard.

and then i had harv, who was a 10 year old pit bull i got from the shelter. i only had him for a year and he broke my heart by dying too early (from a probable brain tumor) but i'd do it all over again in a heartbeat.

i love my old dogs. they are challenging (and can be expensive!) but oh they are so rewarding. i've had a lot of people comment that they could never get an old dog, that the time you have with them is so short, but i've never looked at it that way, i guess. every day is a blessing. you can't spend the whole time saying goodbye and never bask in the joy of their living.

so i would say to you, follow your heart. adopting an elderly dog isn't for everyone, but for the right person, it's a wonderful thing.
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Old 11-18-2009, 04:47 PM
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At this point in my life I would not adopt a very elderly dog.

Because it wouldnt be fair to the dogs I have already made a commitment to, to deplete my resources (READ: MONEY) on a dog I just brought in. The chances of health problems in a senior dog are much increased... while anything can happen at any age, I need to be prepared for my current dogs.
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Old 11-18-2009, 05:01 PM
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We adopted Winston when he was just about 7 years old, knowing that a Dobe's average lifespan is between 8-10yrs. We ended up having him for almost 4 years. I'd do it again at some point in life -- age isn't really a deterrence for me, as long as the dog looks like it has at least a year of life left in him/her. Elderly dogs can be extremely expensive to take care of. At this point in my life though, and probably for a while yet, I wouldn't adopt a senior dog -- I've yet to have had a dog longer than 5 years and want to experience that.
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if i could, i would definitely adopt an older dog if it needed a home. everyone needs to be happy , healthy, and loved if they can.
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I know someone that adopted a supposed 14-15 year old yorkie to 'end it's days' with her and it ended up living for another 8 years! You never really know. I personally would love to adopt an old dog one day, in particular an old golden retriever. I am not a fan of the younger years of retrievers but old goldens to me are something special.
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Old 11-18-2009, 05:54 PM
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Unfortunately as a senior , I can't adopt a senior . Loving big dogs I couldn't lift them and financially couldn't afford then . They are the best though !
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:20 PM
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So long as I had one other dog who was young I would probably adopt or at least foster elderly dogs. I don't think I'd want to adopt an elderly dog as my one and only dog because when he passes on I'd be dogless again plus I hope to do active stuff with my dog so I'd need a healthy, pain free dog for that.

My hope is indeed to have my one active adult pit bull and then foster other dogs including elderly ones.
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:25 PM
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I think adopting a senior rescue might be one of the most rewarding of all things a person could do..

But at the same time, it can be the toughest.
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