I love #MyOldDog because he adores wearing costumes and paddleboarding
Puppies are adorable, but older dogs can be easier to bring into your home for so many reasons. In addition to being house-trained in most cases, here’s another bonus: Many seniors are gentle and accommodating with kids.
Here, Lisa Daffy of Long Island, New York describes how fun-loving her senior dog Fuji is. Fuji enjoys a special bond with Lisa’s son, Michael:
“Fuji never gives up. He’s 13, deaf, has arthritis, cancer and tons of fatty tumors, but he’s the first one to jump up in the morning and head for the car for a walk on the beach.
“He still bounces when he barks, keeps our other dog on a very short leash, so to speak, and will disappear the second he gets the chance, showing up at various neighbors’ houses mooching for treats. And he loves to go paddleboarding with his boy, as it combines his favorite things.”
“I love the idea of promoting senior pets,” Lisa added. “We always adopt rescues, each one better than the last. We got Fu when he and my son were both 6, and they are inseparable. … He’s also the only dog I’ve ever known who LOVES getting dressed up in costumes.”
Love stories and photos of sweet senior pooches? The new book “My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts,” written by Laura T. Coffey and with photographs by Lori Fusaro, shows that adopting a senior can be even more rewarding than choosing a younger dog. In its pages, you’ll meet endearing elders like Marnie, the irresistible shih tzu who has posed for selfies with Tina Fey, James Franco, and Betty White; Remy, a soulful 9-year-old dog adopted by elderly nuns; George Clooney’s cocker spaniel, Einstein; and Bretagne, the last known surviving search dog from Ground Zero. They may be slower moving and a tad less exuberant than puppies, but these dogs prove that adopting a senior brings immeasurable joy, earnest devotion, and unconditional love.