Senior Dogs "Teddy"

Monday, September 10, 2012

Senior Dogs "Teddy"

Karen Carver recently adopted 8 year old TEDDY from the Humane Society of Utah and eloquently makes the case for adopting an older dog. If you have ever considered opening your heart and home to one of our "senior citizens," this is a must read! Older Dogs - HSU

Teddy is such a wonderful companion. I feel so lucky to have him in my life.

Frankly, I never imagined I would adopt an older dog. Having had the experience of saying good-bye to a much-loved pet, I would not have chosen to put myself in the position of having to face that again anytime soon. My thought was that I would just volunteer and not bring any animal home. I noticed Teddy the first time I was out there and something about him just broke my heart. He was obviously such a sweet animal and he didn’t seem to be doing very well. I had many concerns. Would he bond with me? Would he be able to handle being alone while I was at work? He had developed the habits of barking, jumping, and snatching at treats. I couldn’t really get a clear picture of what kind of animal he really is.

I thought he might have developed lots of problematic behaviors after being in the shelter as long as he was. He is a big dog, so I wondered if I would be able to handle him. He barked incessantly the day I picked him up. He slipped out of his collar and made a mad dash for the front door. He pulled on his leash, barked, and jumped the entire time I had him at the clinic getting his rabies shot. He settled down as soon as I put him in the car and started home. He is obviously used to living with people. He learned immediately that being on the couch is OK, but being on the bed is not. He has wonderful leash manners and was absolutely housebroken from day one. He barks to let me know something is going on outside, but quits as soon as asked. He has no problem with any person coming into the house as long as I perform an introduction. He likes road trips and is perfectly OK in strange places. The only thing he has a problem with is any institutional setting—boarding kennel, veterinarian’s office, etc. He is kind and gentle and affectionate, he’s intelligent and eager to please. I have had NONE of the problems I imagined. He’s very easy to get along with.

If people only knew how much an older dog has to offer! And the funny thing is, he seems to get younger every day. His eyes have brightened up. He prances on his leash. He is starting to become playful. He is a continual joy to me.

I notice there are several older dogs on the web page. I hope they all find homes soon. They have so much to offer!

Karen Carver (Teddy’s mom)