‘Mature’ dogs have plenty of good qualities

DEAR EDITOR:
Hi! We are the so-called

older dogs

here at the San Martin Animal Shelter and we would like to bring
ourselves, and our situation to your attention.
DEAR EDITOR:

Hi! We are the so-called “older dogs” here at the San Martin Animal Shelter and we would like to bring ourselves, and our situation to your attention. We mature adults are very aware of all that transpires here at the shelter and we have a bone to pick with those who come looking for a dog to love. Nearly always, when we hear our names suggested, we hear, “Oh, no! We’re looking for a younger dog or a puppy!” We are truly shocked, fine dogs that we are, that we are passed over simply because we are a little “long in the tooth.”

Perhaps you are unaware of the many advantages to having a mature dog as a companion. Allow us to enlighten you by offering just a few of our virtues. Generally, we are somewhat more mellow and easier to handle than our younger counterparts. Most of us already have better manners than these youngsters will ever have!

We know what “outside” is for – we just have to be shown where it is and how to get there. And while not all of us are used to children, those of us who are, are less likely to knock them down and/or chew on them. Some of us are even willing to share the benefit of our maturity with younger dogs you have at home or are considering adopting as well. We can have a very calming influence on youngsters!

We view our maturity as a valuable asset, not a detriment. Now we have heard some concerns about “life expectancy” and we have “life” and we like it and we don’t “expect” any more than we deserve. We promise to remain with you on this earth as long as caninely possible and provide you with more than enough canine memories to last for your lifetime. Don’t let our graying muzzles fool you, we can still make you smile every day.

We are safe here at the shelter, our meals are regular and the staff are good friends to us. But the word “home” sounds sweet to our old ears and we’d love to pack our suitcases and go home with you.

The Senior Dogs at the San Martin Animal Shelter with help from Sue Padgett, Gilroy

Submitted Thursday, March 20 to [email protected]

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