This columnist found after the last article was published that many looked for older dogs for a variety of reasons and simply could not find what they were looking for. Not widely publicized are many Old Dog Rescues, while doing research for several inquiries, it became apparent that finding these tried and true pets, which show love in so many ways is not the easiest search.
We are the working citizens or the retired citizens wanting to spend the remainder of our time with a companion who is true in all the aspects of love. Many people have pets which we acquired earlier in life and are now our companion who knows all and tells none. They are the ones who were with us when life through us a left curve, which we did not see coming. They are the ones who spent sleepless nights at our feet or beside us (on the couch) when we were sick, and yet they never wavered. These are the pets who went through cancer with us; or who watched as our marriage fell apart, leaving us with only a broken heart and the need to go back to work; they are the pets who helped raise our children when we were tired from working two jobs to help put food on the table or see college within our children’s future. They never wavered instead listening and snuggling, put their head under our hand when it seemed we were the only people to care about us.
Now we are the ones who need the companionship and we are not quite ready for potty training, chewing and obedience training with a new pet. This is our time to enjoy the things in life we have waited a lifetime for. There are many stories and little time to point them all out to each other, however please go to the local library or to www.Overdrive.com for books or audiobooks which will bring this information to you and never forget www.Amazon.com.
Finding an older dog can be very simple if there is a specific type wanted, rescues for purebred dogs are always available many of which have older dogs. And there is a wonderful navigation tool used frequently, however rarely thought of in connection of finding an older dog, Google. When using this tool we must have some of our perimeters already defined; how far are we willing to go geographically to obtain this pet, are we willing to take a non-purebred, do we know the limitation predicted by our lifestyle (small or no yard, our housing rules regarding pets, financial output we are prepared to make, and so forth), and as always what temperament are we looking for.
Once all this is clear and we still want a pet, the search begins. It is important to not limit ourselves by immediate geographic location, open our horizons up to new adventures. And most important be prepared to begin the most intense, caring, friendship of a lifetime. www.google.com/olddogs/