November 1, 2017
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Few things make me crack a smile like seeing a pair of cute old-timers tottering about the park on a bright morning, sniffing flowers and friends, and experiencing all life has to offer. Thriving in old age is an inspiration and a privilege denied to many. Just ask Grandma and Grandpa. This sweet couple is pushing 10 and still going strong, proof positive that you’re only as old as you let yourself feel.

My old lady and I have been wandering the same ground together for almost a decade. Our walks have become shorter and our naps have become longer, but we still spend hours together curled up in a big bed and enjoy each other’s company–like dachshunds do. It’s been a while since we’ve had a home, so I reckon we are looking to live out our golden years with a loving family, and a front porch for snoozing.

I’m not the rascal I once was, and the little missy isn’t as feisty as she used to be, but we get around just fine for a couple of senior wieners. We still scamper along and play hide-and-seek with the best of them.

Back in the day, I was quite brazen with a bark that would put any pup in his place. I’m mellower now and know how frustrating it can be when my mind has expectations that my body can’t live up to–like climbing up the stairs or getting on and off the couch.  It’s much easier with a little help from my foster.  

Mamma was a squirrel chaser as a young’un. Fast as lightning! She still gets a kick out of chasing, and being chased–it just takes her a little longer to giddy up and go.

I have no teeth, and Ma has only a few, so we enjoy soft treats and our bellies can’t get enough peanut butter. The years have been good to us, though. These paws still got a lot of grass to cover, and a lot of love left to give.

November is celebrated as Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Many older pets were once owned and loved by someone, but for whatever reason, they were surrendered to a shelter and are in need of a home. Senior dogs provide just as much love, companionship, and excitement as younger ones. Plus, they won’t run you ragged. While most still enjoy a brisk walk, they’re also content to nap or cuddle, and can fit into many households with ease. Though senior dogs may bear a few scars, they don’t let their pasts keep them down–dogs have a way of forgiving, forgetting, and living in the present. By adopting a shelter senior, you’ll give a dog or cat a second chance at a happy, healthy life.

The privilege of loving an older pet can make every day special. For those reluctant to consider a senior because the possibility of loss seems closer, remember that life offers no guarantees. Quality of time together matters much more than quantity.

To learn more about pet adoption, visit Animal Care & Protection Services:—protective-services.aspx 

Davi the dachshund is still a young pup, but he’ll still be a straight fox when he’s an old dog. 

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