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5 reasons to adopt a senior dog

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I came up with five reasons to adopt a senior dog after my dogs received a compliment. I hosted a luncheon at my house. After the event, one person followed up to tell me that she hasn't had a dog in 20 years, but is now considering getting another dog because -- are you ready for this? -- my dogs were so well behaved. I did admit to her that they are 10 and 12 years old. The beauty of having dogs over the age of 5 is that they are pretty mellow.

There are so many older dogs in shelters who would make wonderful new pets for anyone willing to open their home to them. Here are the top five reason for doing so:

  1. Senior dogs know how to chill.
  2. Older dogs are usually housebroken and trained.
  3. They handle routines well.
  4. They've already been socialized.
  5. Older dogs are well beyond the stage of chewing and other destructive behavior.

Check out Tiger Tom:

Tiger Tom is a 9-year-old black Labrador retriever who is waiting for his adoptive family. He's at the Paws Chicago facility located at 1997 North Clybourn Avenue. Regardless of his age, his foster family found that he was a wonderful running partner. For the most part, he is happy lounging around and spending time with his people. Forward this story and help Tiger Tom find a forever home.

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