Friday, February 6, 2009

Featured Rescue - Sly the Boxer ... Adopting Seniors

I read a blog posting on Lucy the White Boxer Dog's blog that inspired me to put up a short note about adopting seniors. Please check out her post here about adopting senior Boxers.

If you are thinking about getting another dog, but just don't have the time for full-blown training regime, why not consider adopting an older or senior dog?

There are many older dogs out there looking for a nice home to spend their last few years. A place where they can be loved, fed and cared for. Somewhere they can call home.

Most senior dogs don't require much housetraining, likely won't chew excessively, don't require as much exercise as the "young pups" out there and will likely be calmer than a younger dog. Yes, there are always exceptions to these rules, but most are going to be quite easy to train - provided you aren't looking for a sport dog or a dog to learn 1001 tricks.

There are currently 6059 Boxers available for adoption on Petfinder. The Rescue I choose to Feature is Sly, a 10 year old boxer. Sly is reportedly good with other dogs, kids, cats and "everyone". He is currently located in Newark, OH and is fostered by a group called "Stop the Suffering".
I couldn't find any info about this group other than that they pull animals out of kill shelters and foster them until they are adopted. Dogpile search came up with little to no info other than their petfinder pages, their website, and their old website which has been redirected to the new one.


Sully said...

I have such a hard time not bringing home more dogs. Seriously 3 big dogs is ENOUGH. I would take him home just because of his sweet face.

DogsDeserveFreedom said...

I agree Sully - he's a cutie.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

What a wonderful post.. Mom read a story one time about an old man with that was totally depressed. His daughter got him an old dog and it worked miracle for him. It ended very sad though. Both the old man and the dog died the same day..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

GoLightly said...

Gus, LouieCallie
I think it's a happy ending, really. They went together. That's sweet.

Poor Seniors.

Help a Senior, today.

Anonymous said...

Adopting Seniors is the bestest! We love our senior pack members, Lucy and Angel... and I guess even Levi. I'm not a senior yet but I might be one someday!

Sully said...

I showed this guy to my husband and he was like. We have to find a home for Duke so that we can go get that guy. Sly has the cutest little face. I love a big old dog.

DogsDeserveFreedom said...

Gus,LouieandCallie - I agree with GoLightly, that is a happy ending. I know it's sad when people and animals die, but we are all moving towards that end. The fact that they got to go together is nice - one didn't have to live without the other.

I agree tatumtot

Sully - are you fostering Duke or is he yours?