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Old 08-10-2008, 01:43 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Think about these dogs...
Service Dogs for Disabled People

Retired Service animals need homes too. & the dogs that dont make it.
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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There are many great sites for older dog adoption. Also when te elderly are isolated, some doctors recommend adopting an older less active dog, its a wonderful companion for those who are housebound, some nursing homes even bring service dogs in to cheer up the residents
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:16 PM
 
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Think about these dogs...
Service Dogs for Disabled People

Retired Service animals need homes too. & the dogs that dont make it.
That's one of the worst written article I ever read. It raised more questions in my mind than answered them.
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:16 PM
 
Location: In the middle...
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We should never forget our forgotten treasures...in nursing homes...or the wonderful service dogs that have been retired.

They are both forgotten treasures...and are priceless...
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:25 PM
 
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Think about these dogs...
Service Dogs for Disabled People

Retired Service animals need homes too. & the dogs that dont make it.

You should. Its very rewarding.
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:03 PM
 
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I only adopt old dogs. Not "older," but OLD. I haven't seen them cost a cent more in health costs than other dogs, and they are quieter so I can have more of 'em (also, I'm not exactly a ball of fire, working third shift).
If a dog isn't old old, but is a good adult age (like under ten for average sized dogs) you have many good years with them.
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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I adopted two older dogs in 2002 when a neighbors house burned down and they had to move to an apartment (they were renting the house). One was a pure breed American Eskimo (Angel) and the other is a mixed beagle (Buddy). Both were about eight years old when I took them in. Angel was pregnant and "gave me" four more pups in the bargin! (I just thought she was fat....)

It was GREAT having the mother around because she did all the housebreaking of the pups for me. Every time one of them pooped on the floor or peed she would bite them on the nose. They learned quick.
She passed away a couple of years ago from kidney failure- she was a great affectionate dog and I miss her.

The other dog "Buddy" is still hanging in there at 18 years old (+/-). Other than being blind in one eye and having cancer last year (On his paw and it was easily removed) he is doing great for an old geezer.

He still thinks he is the "alpha dog" of the pack and tries to intimidate the pups but at 18 it isn't working anymore. I have to make sure they don't fight with buddy. Also, he is very clingy- right now he is sleeping using my foot as a pillow. If I get up he HAS to follow me everywhere.

I call him "Sweet old Buddy" or S.O.B. for short.
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:29 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Age of dog dont have a thing to do with those [puppy] kind of surprises LOL
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:23 PM
 
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My seniors have reverted to puppy behavior when in a very good mood! (Rolling, ripping up paper towels). I love seeing them content and peaceful, especially after having tough earlier lives. I so hope the OP gets whatever s/he considers "an older dog." They're the best.
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Old 01-28-2012, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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Age of dog dont have a thing to do with those [puppy] kind of surprises LOL
I was surprised because Buddy & Angel were NEVER in a house in their lives until I adopted them and only Buddy had a few "surprise" incidents but all were of a "marking" nature.

It was funny when the pups were born I had Angel in the bedroom with her pups and they were in a box. It was hot out so I had a box fan on the floor to bring cool air into the room. I decided to bring Buddy in to see his pups and of course he felt the need to "mark" the room so he targeted the box fan.....You guessed it- he was downwind and ended up marking himself more than anything else....
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