This article is dedicated to all ADORED SENIOR PETS past and present that have filled our lives with so much JOY that words would fail to express the gratitude we all have for being honored with their love, friendship and memories as part of our families…. THANK YOU 🙂

First of all let me say although a new Puppy or Kitty is absolutely without question the cutest thing around DO NOT underestimate the powerful allure of the SENIOR PET.

They have a Beauty & Class that is exclusively their own. Like a fine wine the SENIOR PET will ease into your life with grace and fulfill your heart like only a seasoned pro can. They’ve already experienced so much in life that they instinctively know how to get in the  flow with you and adjust to you life smoothly and quickly.

After all although babies are precious, the truth is not everybody wants a hyper Kitty or Puppy as a pet.

If you have not ever experienced the benefits of being owned by a SENIOR PET let me enlighten you. Below are just some of the many perks you get by having a SENIOR PET in your life…

1. Older Dogs & Cats have manners. Unlike puppies and kitties, many grown-up pets have spent years living with a family and being socialized to life with humans and sometimes other pets. They may have received obedience training and respond to commands like Sit, Stay, and Down (YEP this includes cats as well). Many are house trained and it takes a matter of hours or a day or two to help them learn the potty rules in their new home.

2. Senior pets are less destructive. Most older adoptive pets are well past the search-and-destroy phase. You don’t need to worry so much about finding your favorite pair of shoes or a table leg chewed beyond recognition. Chances are your senior kitty has no urge to overturn your potted plant or shred the handmade quilt your grandma gave you.

3. What you see is what you get. A senior pet holds no surprises as to how big he might get, what color his adult coat will be, or whether his hips will be healthy. A senior pet comes to you with his own history, which makes his future much more predictable than that of an 8-week old puppy or kitten.

4. You CAN teach an old dog or cat new tricks. Adult dogs & cats (if motivated properly)can focus on the task at hand (unlike many of their much younger counterparts). If your adopted older pet needs to learn a few things in her new life with you, not to worry. If you are interested in teaching some new things just give me a call and I’ll show you how. Older pets are more attentive than babies, and more eager to please their humans.

5. You can custom order your senior pet. If you’re looking for a short-haired cat, for example, or a kitty with no history of dental disease, you can search until you find an older pet with exactly those attributes. If you already have a cat and need your adoptive dog to get along with cats, again, you’ll have a much better chance of finding an older adoptive dog who is a perfect companion for your family.

6. You can adopt a purebred pet if you want. If you really love a certain breed of dog or cat, chances are there’s a breed rescue club that can point you in the direction of older purebred pets in need of homes.

7. Senior pets are great company for senior citizens. Many elderly people find the calm presence of an older pet very comforting. They appreciate having a companion who is also ‘getting up there’ in age, doesn’t mind hearing the same stories again and again, and is content to move through life at a slower speed.

8. Older pets are relaxing to hang out with. Senior dogs and cats have all the basics down and aren’t full of wild energy to burn. Because you’re not constantly chasing around or cleaning up after your older pet, you have a lot more time to spend finding fun things to do or just relaxing together.

9. Adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness. Somehow, older pets seem to know you gave them a home when no one else would. Many new owners form a close bond very quickly with their senior dog or cat, because the pet shows them a level of attention and devotion that is unique to older adopted animals.

10. Last but certainly not least You can be a hero to a deserving SENIOR Dog or Cat. Almost without exception, people who adopt older animals feel a special sense of pride and purpose in opening their heart to a hard-to-place pet. Doing a good thing really does make you feel good!

Now…. I could go on and on about SENIOR PETS because I feel they are worth their weight in Gold! If by any chance this article has peaked your interest in adopting a SENIOR PET PLEASE let me know. It would be my honor to place one in your loving home. Just give me a call (310) 743-9643

Until next time REMEMBER PETS RULE!

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