I personally have a very soft spot for older, senior dogs. I just think they are incredibly cute, stoic and misunderstood. If you are considering adoption but you are not sure about a dog who is 8 years plus I understand your reservations but I am here to try and change your mind.
- Senior dogs are set in their ways, what you see is what you get and they probably won't change much. With puppies this often isn't the case, you never really know what you will get with a young puppy unless you do extensive pedigree checks on the parents and often this isn't an option when adopting a mixed breed puppy from a rescue. With an older dog you will know if they are good with cats, kids, if they like to play ball. All of their personality traits have been stamped for the most part and aside from minimal obedience training they are pretty predictable.
- Senior dogs are a lot less work! there is no 4am let out time, no house training, no chewing.... all of these things have come and gone and the dog is ready to relax with you on the couch. There is no leash training, nipping or peeing on the carpet. Sure having a puppy is fun but its also A LOT of hard work and sleepless nights.
- Adopting an older dog over a puppy is life saving in many situations. Lots of people want a puppy and when you choose an older companion you are making not only the easier choice for your lifestyle but you are also making a real choice to rescue.