Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Discussions and Dog Talk Forums > Dogs - General Dog Chat

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-18-2009, 04:06 PM
Amber's Avatar
Amber Amber is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 787
Default Adopting a senior dog?

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)
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2009, 04:19 PM
Ivy's Avatar
Ivy Ivy is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Ontario
Posts: 1,713

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.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2009, 04:47 PM
elegy's Avatar
elegy elegy is offline
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 7,720

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.
Bean FDCh-G
and Hambone, flyball hopeful
Save the pit bull, Save the world
Are you Unruly?
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2009, 04:47 PM
PoodleMommy PoodleMommy is offline
Yorkie Love
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 6,443

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.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2009, 05:01 PM
Toller_08's Avatar
Toller_08 Toller_08 is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 8,358

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.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2009, 05:06 PM
Amanda885's Avatar
Amanda885 Amanda885 is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 684

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.
:: "Dogs are miracles with paws" ::
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2009, 05:46 PM
Laurelin's Avatar
Laurelin Laurelin is offline
I'm All Ears
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 30,963

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.

Hank CA - (approx. 1 1/2 year old Spotty Dog)
Mia CGC - (6 1/2 year old Papillon)
Summer TG3 TIAD - (11 year old Papillon)
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2009, 05:54 PM
bubbatd's Avatar
bubbatd bubbatd is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 64,812

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 !
A light for all who are crossing dark times.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2009, 06:20 PM
Maxy24's Avatar
Maxy24 Maxy24 is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 8,040

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.

Thank you ~Dixie's Mom~ for my awesome siggy!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2009, 06:25 PM
babymomma babymomma is offline
Remembering Casey ♥
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: NFLD ,Canada
Posts: 2,420

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.
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:49 PM.

1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site