January 30, 2014 4:23 AM Subscribe
My partner and I have been searching for a dog to adopt for the last two month or so - after our interview, home check and lots of hoops we are ready!
The shelter we're approved by has found a match - yay! He's a small staffy that's calm, suitable for first time owners (like us), confident, good with kids, and well mannered. The only problem for me is - he's 11
years old. We are open to adult dogs, but we were thinking, uh more like 1 to 8 years old.
Does anyone have any experience adopting older dogs? What should we be considering?
posted by teststrip to Pets & Animals (28 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a bit torn - we both are - on whether we should even meet the dog or just keep waiting. I totally understand we'll hopefully outlive all our pets, but are we just setting ourselves up for heartbreak or vet bills (we'll be getting pet insurance regardless though). Then the other half of me says but but but pets can be sick at any age - there's no guarantees, and what if he has to spend the rest of his life overlooked in the kennels...
Maybe of note; We're late 20s/early thirties, live in London, I can take the dog to work (this guy specifically ticks the confidence boxes to be in a studio with new people) and my boyfriend is home all day. We're 120% committed to being excellent dog owners.
Any advice on taking on an oldie is much appreciated!