Adopting an Older Dog

Molly 1This is a bit of a departure from my usual baking, sewing, home decor and running posts that I usually write about here, but it is about something that is on my mind and in my heart these days…

As regular readers of this blog will know, bassets – especially rescue bassets – are near and dear to me. Over the past few years my husband and I have fostered several bassets (such as Hope and Chance) in our home through the Boston Terrier and Pug (and sometimes Basset Hound) Rescue of Southern Manitoba.

Most recently (like up until last weekend) we had the joy of opening our home to Daisy. She was just the sweetest little basset who is now on adoption trial with a wonderful family.

Now we have another basset in the rescue.

Please meet Molly!

Molly is an eight-year old cutie who loves to snuggle. Her story? At no fault of her own, she’s been passed around from home to home sadly too many times in her life. She was on adoption trial but unfortunately, and with much sadness from her potential adoptive family, she is coming back to the rescue because of a recent job change that would take her family away from her for weeks at a time. And that just wouldn’t be fair to Molly.

The reason for this post though is that we are having difficulties getting applications in for her.


Because people think she’s too old.

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I’m so sad about this. Sure she’s a mature dog with a few grey hairs of wisdom on her sweet face. But all she wants is a family to love (and to rub her little belleh).

I get that sometimes an older dog isn’t for every family. But here are a few reasons why you should consider adopting a more mature dog:

 1) Older dogs are less maintenance than puppies. As an adult dog, you greatly benefit from the house and social skills that these dogs already have. They will not require 24/7 supervision like a puppy does. There’s no carpet messes and surprises to clean up after. And adult dogs are past the boredom destruction and chewing phases that puppies go through! An older dog is calmer and less energetic. These aren’t couch potato dogs by any stretch – they love their walks and playing in the backyard, but they also know how to quickly settle and enjoy the easy living life. With an older dog you won’t be up at 2 a.m. like you would with a puppy that just wants to play wrestle! Puppies are labour-intensive, expensive and demanding on your time (and absolutely worth it if you are able to put in that commitment). But older dogs are used to regular schedules and can be trusted to be at home for longer periods of time on their own.

2) What you see is what you get! There’s a lot of unknowns in getting a puppy. You don’t know how big it will grow to be, you don’t know what their temperaments will be like. You don’t know whether they might be predisposed to certain health issues. With an older dog, it’s not gonna get any bigger than it already is, you’ll know whether she is good with children, other dogs, etc… There are just generally less surprises with older dogs.

3) You can teach an old dog new tricks! In fact, they would enjoy that type of mental stimulation. Older dogs can learn new tricks just as well as younger dogs, and they have a longer attention span (oooo – shiny) so they often learn them quicker!

4) They settle in quickly. Due to no fault of their own, older dogs have likely had to learn how to adapt to new situations quickly and can become instant companions and are super loving. Miss Molly the basset is well-known for her wicked cuddling skills! It is well documented that this can actually be great for *your* health too! Their calming and relaxing nature is quickly contagious.

5) They are special. It’s a pretty wonderful experience to be able to open your home and your heart to an older dog. They deserve to live out their lives in the safety of a comfortable, loving home. I’ve heard a few people tell me that they are worried that because they are older they will get too attached and then won’t “have enough time with them.” You can still have many, many, many years with an older dog. And the reality is that nothing in life is guaranteed, even with younger dogs… and no matter how long you have a canine companion for – it is never, ever long enough. 

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Yes, I’m rooting for Molly here but ultimately if I can help even one more dog find their forever home I would be so grateful.

If you are considering adopting a dog, check out the available seniors in your area. If you are in the Winnipeg and surrounding area and are interested in Molly you can email me for more information or complete an adoption application here. Not quite ready to adopt a dog? Consider fostering a senior dog (fostering is generally a much shorter time commitment and rescues are always looking for new foster homes) or donate to your local rescue or dog shelter today.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

2 thoughts on “Adopting an Older Dog

  1. Joan Rosner

    My boy was adopted from BTPRSM over 6 years ago and now he is 10. He is still active and took him to the hairdresser today and everybody loved him but he is Mommy!s boy. I have been so lucky with him and I would take another one but first my heart is with Alfie. He will return in the fall to playgroup. He lost his Pug Brothers a year ago but he is fine being the only one now.

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