If you are considering a new dog for your family, there are so many reasons to bypass the puppies and head to the aged aisle. Senior dogs have already been down the teething and housebreaking and shoe chewing path and have reached a state of low maintenance contentment. A couple of short walks, a cozy bed, a nutritious diet and a loving hand- that is all it takes for an older dog to find true bliss.
If you are not able to adopt a senior dog, there are other ways to support them - there are often lots of older dogs in shelters, being overlooked because of some gray hairs on the muzzle, or some old dog lumps . . . volunteer to walk the elder dogs, donate special treats and toys designed especially for old souls, or fund a veterinary service that might make adopting the dog more affordable for someone else.
A senior friend of mine said it best- "Gracie doesn't mind how old and gray I am, so I cut her the same slack!"