The Retirement 

Club

ODHS would like to highlight some of our lovely active and glowing seniors. We always have seniors looking for a family for them to spend their golden years in. Many of them just need a good ray of sunshine to lay in and a good belly rub now and then.

5 Reasons why you should adopt a   Senior

1. Adopting an older dog may save its life. Many people are quick to adopt puppies and younger dogs, often overlooking dogs over the age of five. Shelters are overcrowded and unfortunately, older dogs are among the first to be euthanized if they aren’t adopted in a timely manner. By adopting a senior dog, you are not only providing it with a better life but are also saving it from being put down.

2. Older dogs are not necessarily “problem dogs” as many tend to think. Senior dogs lose their homes for a variety of reasons, usually having nothing to do with their behavior or temperament, but more due to the fact that their owners are unable to keep them for reasons including: the novelty of owning a dog wearing off, allergies, death of a guardian, a new baby, loss of a job, a move, change in work schedule, and various other lifestyle changes. These dogs need homes just as badly as young adoptees do, and make wonderful household pets.

3. Older dogs usually come trained and understand at least basic commands. Most older dogs are potty-trained and have mastered the basic commands such as “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “down.” Adopting an already-trained dog will save you a lot of time and energy that you’d normally have to dedicate towards training a young dog.

4. Older dogs are calmer and less energetic than younger dogs. An adult dog has graduated from the puppy stage and has an established demeanor and temperament, which will give you an instant idea of how it will fit into your household. Older dogs have all their adult teeth and are out of the energetic puppy phase, which will result in less destruction to your home. Many of them do well with young children as they have a lower energy level and have possibly lived with them in their past homes.

5. You get what you see Whether they have crazy wiry hair, stumpy legs or a wildly wagging tail, senior pooches have already developed into exactly who they are going to be. You don’t have to worry about adopting a “Terrier Mix” puppy only to watch it grow into a huge mastiff!

The Retirement    Club

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Lily

Color

Age

Sex

Hair

Short

Female

 

Senior

Golden/Black

mixed

Hi, my name is Lily! They may call me a “senior”, but at about 7 years old, I am still spry and full of life! I love going on adventures, whether it be a car ride, a walk, a jog, a hike, I’m up for it! I’m a little rounder than I should be at 70 lbs, but my goal is to lose 5-10 lbs and feel my best. I do great with kids and would love a family all my own to take me to obedience classes and so many other adventures! I do not like dogs or cats, so please keep them away from me. Although I love adventures, I also love just chilling by you on the couch and watching some TV. And I have lived in a home before, so I have good house manners and should be able to catch onto your home routine in no time!

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Mr. Buddy

Color

Age

Sex

Hair

Short

Male

 

Senior

Black/Tan

mixed

Hi my name is Mr. Buddy! I’m 12 years old and small in size (maybe about 12-15lbs).

Haven't you heard, that twelve is the new two in dog years and Mr. Buddy personifies this! He loves to play with toys, balls, particularly ones that squeak, are his favorite. His favorite pastime is playing fetch and in a pinch, he’ll throw the ball for himself. He prefers laps for napping, and he’ll snuggle beside you to sleep cuddled in a blanket. Mr. Buddy loves to go on walks, although he trots most of the way, a jaunty little step that will bring a smile to your face.

Mr. Buddy's quirks from his own words:

*I can get too excited when a lot of dogs are around me and get me riled up.
Despite my size, I have been known not to back down from dogs 6 times my size. Gotta respect your elders, right?

*I like it when you take it slow and steady with me. Sometimes I don't like to be picked up and sometimes I don't like my back feet touched.

*For these reasons, I would do best in a home with no young children and with a dog savvy owner who can read my signals.

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Shadow

Color

Age

Sex

Hair

Long

Male

 

Senior

Black/Tan

mixed

Shadow’s details:
12 yrs old, 39lbs, very easy going with humans, dogs, cats. See medical note.

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Hi, I’m Shadow! I may be the most calm and low maintenance dog you’ll ever meet. All I need is a nice blanket and some scratches, and I’m good to go! I appear housebroken and I haven’t bothered anything that doesn’t belong to me.

Now, it’s not polite to ask an older lady her age, but I’ll go ahead and tell you that I’m twelve years old. I’m also pretty deaf, so verbal commands would not be useful for me. Just make sure I can see you before you pet me; it’s the nice thing to do! I’m sure you understand that it’s no fun to be startled. (I have not shown any kind of aggression whatsoever, though.) I can’t really climb so the ground floor of a home is the place for me!

My foster parents have started taking me for walks, which I’m finding interesting, I suppose. I’m pretty out of shape and walk veeeeery sloooowly, but I love sniffing on things as we walk.

Please fill out an application to meet me! I promise to be your faithful and loving Shadow.

Medical Note: I am heartworm positive. I will be on 28 days of doxycycline (antibiotic) to prepare me for heartworm treatment in May. ODHS pays for this treatment. You can adopt me prior to the treatment, but then the cost of the treatment would be yours. Monthly heartworm prevention is important to a healthy, happy dog. Once I am treated and all the heartworms are gone, please be sure to keep me on heartworm prevention.

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