In anticipation of Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month, the ASPCA asked members to send in their senior pet adoption stories, and here they are, in their gray-and-white glory, blurry-eyed and creaky, bowed but proud.
The joys of owning a senior pet are often overlooked as tiny kittens or jumping puppies usually grab everyone’s attention at the shelter. As the human companion of two senior dogs, I can tell you that the companionship of a quiet, older pet can be very satisfying.
We often lie on the bed, spooned together, breathing together and being “in the now” in a way that would be impossible with a squirming youngster. These dogs know me — and I, them — in all my moods and states of low-energy or high. They delight simply by BEING with me. I don’t need to amuse them. I just need to be me. (I have yet to meet a man who would be as happy as that, with “just me.” LOL!)