Sunday, August 10, 2014

4 Reasons Why Senior Dogs Rock

Many of our blog readers are surprised to learn that Shiner is a senior dog. She is 11 years young and still going strong. She does not really act like a "senior". At least not to me anyways. Shiner has lots of energy and likes to play with her toys. Sometimes, she even likes to destroy stuff and get into mischief like a puppy might. And Shiner can still run very fast for an 11 year old senior dog.


August is Senior Pets Appreciation Month at BlogPaws, so we thought it was fitting to share just a few reasons why senior dogs are awesome. Also, today is our good friend Sugar the Golden Retriever's 13th Barkday celebration. Sugar is like the poster girl for senior dogs. We want to wish her a very Happy Birthday! 

It is sad to think that many pets in animal shelters get overlooked by potential adopters because they are older. Older pets are just as smart, playful, and loving as younger pets. Age is just a number after all. Plus, older pets do have their perks. Here's a list of reasons why senior dogs rock. (ALL senior pets rock, actually.)


  1. Gray fur. It gives senior dogs a sophisticated and wise look. Plus they are just plain cute. 
  2. Senior dogs don't chew up as much stuff. Well, sometimes... my senior dog still does this, but it's considerably less often than when she was a puppy! 
  3. They are smart. Who says old dogs can't learn new tricks? That's a total myth! 
  4. They just want somebody to love. Growing older with your dog is a wonderful experience. Each day, the bond that you share becomes stronger. Older dogs have plenty of love to share. 
I know this list is pretty short. There are SO many more reasons why senior dogs and other senior pets are awesome. Remember, if you are considering adopting a pet don't overlook the older ones. They make great pets too. 

What would you add to this list? Tell us why you think senior pets are awesome in the comments! 

Click here to see more Happy Barkday Wishes for our senior dog friend Sugar the Golden Retriever. 

19 comments:

  1. Golden Thanks Ann and Shiner. We got a list too and will be sharing soon. Shiner rock too. Woofs to Senior Dogs. Golden Woofs

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  2. Well, we know nothing about dogs, but seniors get a rough deal, whatever the species, that's for sure. Thanks for the post :)

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    1. I think this could be applied for just about any type of senior pet out there.

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  3. Boomer and Dottie are both seniors but you can't tell most of the time because they are so playful. Senior dogs deserve the best of homes and it's sad to see them looked over in shelters because they are my favorite. Thanks for sharing a great post!

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    1. Shiner definitely does not act like a senior either!

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  4. OMD! I love senior dogs. My first dog, Agatha, was a terror. But at 13 she mellowed into a grand old dame we enjoyed until she was 16. And adopting Shadow at 8 was one of the best decisions I ever made.

    I'm enjoying Honey while she's young. But at 4 years old she's starting to get some silver on her back and it's beautiful.

    I agree that Shiner looks like a beautiful young girl. I guess 11 is the new 8! :)

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  5. You are sure looking mighty fine Shiner! Senior pets really do rock!!!

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  6. Your looking great for your age Shiner.

    Sheba.

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  7. We say Seniors rock Shiner. Have a serene easy Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  8. Shiner, we never think of you as a senior dog, thanks for the great message! Love Dolly

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  9. Great post. We are fostering a puppy right now and I would 100% agree with all those reasons, especially #2.

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  10. Senior dogs can recite all the house rules without using a cheat sheet, and it’s amazing how fast and easily they can adjust to a new forever home.

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  11. Wow! I never wold have guessed that Shiner was 11! She looks great!

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  12. I love old dogs. They are wise and patient.

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  13. Lucy's starting to be a "senior" pup, but I don't think she'll ever act her age. She's started to get some white/grey hairs on her head and around her nose, cute, but reminds us she doesn't have much time left. She definitely is loving and devoted though!

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  14. I never had the pleasure of owning a senior dog yet. Our first family dog was hit by a car, and the second one was most likely stolen.

    I absolutely love senior dogs. I wish we were to able to have one at the office here. Customers bring in so many dogs already that I have little bags of treats for them.

    By the way, I bought one of those Nerf squeaky toys last week! Believe it or not, it still squeaks and it is not destroyed into little bits yet. There's a little bit of plastic that can come off if I were to let him sit and chew it. But mostly he just runs around squeaking it all over the place. I'm very happy with it so far.

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  15. I love this, Ann. We love our two senior girls, there is just something so special about them. I remember I was surprised the first time I learned Shiner was a senior too! Our girls have stayed very active, but when we brought Luke in that renewed their interest in toys and just wrestling and running to play. Sheba still likes to destroy toys too! I think one of the special things about seniors is that they just want to be with you more....no matter what you're doing, they're right there hanging out.

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