Having a ‘Senior Moment’

Adoption Events, Education / Friday, June 12th, 2015


An adorable ‘senior moment’ with Shaggy and Scooby!

Veterinarians classify senior dogs as early as 7 years old depending on the dog’s breed, but in shelter dog years it can be as young as 4-5 years old because most adopting families look to shelters and rescues for kittens and puppies, or young dogs under the age of one.

Older dogs in shelters get a bad rap because it’s assumed they’ve been dumped there for having bad behaviors or being untrainable or possibly being aggressive, but truthfully a lot of dogs end up dropped off somewhere or find themselves at a shelter due to no fault of their own.

Why a senior dog may be dropped off at a shelter:

  • death of an owner;
  • not enough time for the dog;
  • change in work schedule;
  • new baby or another new pet;
  • sudden onset or increase in allergies, or
  • moving to a place that doesn’t allow dogs.


So let us introduce Shaggy and Scooby.

These 2 full-blooded, male Cocker Spaniels are available for adoption. They were dropped off near one of our local fosters and left in desperate need of grooming during very hot conditions. Even though these two might be considered seniors, they have quite a few years of love left to give. They are believed to be 5-6 years old and are both house-trained and know basic commands. They have been to the vet for shots and given a good bill of health, and both will be neutered before adoption. They weigh in around 33 pounds and are great with kids and other dogs. They enjoy playing and running but are also quiet and great cuddlers. Shaggy and Scooby depend on each other and are looking for a home where they will stay together. A young family or older adults with grandkids alike would be ideal for these sweet boys.


Benefits of owning a senior dog(s):

  • most senior dogs have had some type of training, including housetraining;
  • senior dogs are typically calmer and don’t have all of that puppy energy;
  • old dogs CAN learn new tricks, senior dogs are easier to train because they aren’t easily distracted;
  • senior dogs make great companions for senior adults;
  • they are usually less destructive because they’ve grown out of the chewing puppy stage;
  • what you see is what you get… they’re already fully grown, so no wondering how big they will get, and
  • you can give them the comfortable, loving home they deserve to grow old in.

seniors3To meet Shaggy and Scooby, you can attend our next Petco adoption event on Sunday, June 14 from 12-4pm, or send us an email at contact@HomewardBoundWV.org. You can also fill out and send in an adoption application here.  #myseniordog

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