What are some things that come to mind when you think of dogs? Some of these things may be happiness, tail wagging, intense licking (or kissing in their mind), running and tripping, basically any form of moving. The best and most memorable is probably their excitement when you get home, especially when you have only been gone for 5 minutes. Heck, they might even pee a little. Any dog lover would agree that seeing a dog filled with joy and loved is all they really want. The simple act of allowing a dog the ability to do what they do best, love someone unconditionally. That leads me to this trending topic, Would you adopt an elderly dog to live the rest of his days knowing what ‘unconditional love’ felt like?

After asking a few people this question, I got a variety of answers. Some would say of course with certainty, others would say that they would love to but it would be so hard that they aren’t sure they would be able to handle the loose so soon. Some questioned the dogs stage of health. Is the dog terminally ill? Is the dog on medications? And would the cost of the illness be too much? All valid and important questions. But what if I told you that “if” the dog is sick, all medical expenses would be covered by the organization? Would this make a difference? After emphasizing this, the person agreed that he would adopt an elderly dog. Then we have people who have never really been dog lovers, or pet lovers in general. To my surprise, a few of these people agreed that they would help an elderly dog the ability to live the rest of their lives in their family. Why is it harder for actual dog lovers? In my opinion, dogs are like children, you get so attached that the thought of losing them so soon can be heartbreaking. I am guessing that people who aren’t such dog lovers would care for them for this time and not get deeply attached as would a dog lover. But is that possible? Is it possible to not fall in love with those puppy eyes?

This is a topic that can go on and on forever and will continue to get different responses. Though goodbyes may come too soon, more and more people are adopting older dogs to give them chance of an awesome life. Articles on the Washington Post, and other sources, are speaking to this trend and sharing testimonials. See example below:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/03/03/more-people-are-adopting-old-dogs-really-old-dogs/?utm_term=.efa56a0dcb14
I would love to hear your opinion on this topic. Please leave your comments below or if you have a personal experience please share. 🙂

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