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Ten Reasons to Adopt a Senior Golden
From GRREAT News, Falls Church, VA

Adulthood. In most cases senior Goldens are well past the chewing and digging stages. They
cause less destruction than puppies or younger dogs. They also have a longer attention span,
making them easier to train. 

Peace of mind. Over 90% of older dogs are housebroken. 

Experience. Most senior Goldens have been socialized with other animals. They can provide
an example, a calming influence for younger dogs. 

Tolerance. Older Goldens are good first dogs for children because they are patient with
tail-tugging and rough petting. They'll walk away from a playing child rather than hurt him.

Companionship. Senior dogs don't demand constant watchfulness and attention. They're
content just to be in the same room while family members are working or relaxing. A Golden
oldie will be just as happy with a sedate walk as with intense exercise. 

Dignity. Senior Goldens are generally calmer than young dogs; they won't scare small
children or the elderly by jumping up to greet them.

Adaptability. An adult dog will adapt more easily to changes in your household, such as a new
baby, relatives or guests visiting, or being left alone for long periods of time when there is a
sudden burst of overtime at work. 

WYSIWYG. (What you see is what you get). A senior dog is fully grown, and most of its health history is already known (such as hereditary disease, arthritis, and hip dysplasia). There are no guesses about how big it will get, whether it will bark a lot, or what its energy level will be like. 

Personality. A senior dog arrives with its own set of likes (soft places to sleep, belly rubs,
tennis balls) and dislikes (cauliflower, squirrels, vacuum cleaners) and each one is different.
Discovering all the facets of a senior's personality makes life with them truly enjoyable. 

Memories. Even if you have a senior Golden as part of your life for only a few years, or less,
the days and the adventures you share are precious. The love and joy you receive every day
from a senior will more than compensate for the sadness of eventually losing such a wonderful


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