G.R.I.N. is Celebrating Our Sweet Seniors!
Some folks think that there is nothing more precious than a Golden Retriever puppy. Goldens at the other end of the scale are equally dear. They are sweet, loving, and content to be by your side.
We urge you to consider adopting a senior golden and here's why...
Are you a Golden owner considering a second dog? Were you holding back thinking another young Golden would just be "too much"? Are you a senior citizen yourself and need a companion? Perhaps you want a Golden but your lifestyle is more geared toward a "Golden Recliner" than a rambunctious youngster. Please consider adopting an older Golden!
Senior Goldens are very adaptable and can learn to love again. They can (and do) learn new tricks and are much more settled than puppies. Golden retrievers can live as long as 15 years with proper care and veterinary support. Senior Goldens are often the best choice for individuals or families with busy schedules.
Senior Goldens still enjoy long walks, retrieving, swims and their favorite activity - being with you! The sense of satisfaction and joy that giving a senior Golden a new home brings is unequalled. Although you may not have as many years with them as you wish, those years will be full of sweet rewards.
Check out the Senior Dogs Project website for more stories of senior dogs and how they enrich the lives of the people who love them.
Reprinted with permission from Golden Bond Rescue of Oregon, Inc.
TOP TEN REASONS TO ADOPT A SENIOR GOLDEN
- Live to Love! Golden Oldies are so true to their breed-being kind and giving love. They are grateful for this second chance for happiness with a new loving family and home.
- Obedient! Golden Oldies have learned what NO means and contrary to common belief, older dogs CAN learn new "tricks", particularly since they are more focused and have longer attention spans.
- Been There, Done That! Many Golden Oldies have already been socialized to other animals and situations.
- Mellow Yellow! Golden Oldies give you some space for yourself during the day, because they don't make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young dogs do.
- Potty Trained! Most Golden Oldies are housebroken.
- Mature! Golden Oldies are not teething and therefore won't chew up your brand new shoes, antique furniture or favorite photo album.
- Adaptable! Golden Oldies tend to adapt more easily to household changes, such as visiting guests and being alone for longer periods of time.
- An Open Book! With Golden Oldies, what you see is what you get-most of the dog's health and behavioral history is already known.
- Nighttime is for Sleeping! Golden Oldies let you get a good night's sleep because they are accustomed to human schedules and don't require nighttime feedings, comforting or bathroom breaks.
- Best Friends! Golden Oldies are instant companions-ready for hiking, car trips, good conversation, and cuddling.
Thanks, Norcal Golden Rescue. Reprinted from Golden Seconds, April 2005 issue.