& Special Needs Dogs
|Senior & Special
"Blessed is the person who
has earned the love of an old dog."
- Sydney Jeanne Seward
Adopting an older pet or one with medical needs
takes a special person - a person who possesses an open heart and
mind, and a willingness to give unconditionally. So many people
shy away from these special angels. But these special angels are
just as deserving of a good home and love.
For those of you special people that are considering adopting an
older dog or a dog with special needs, we have pulled together the
following resources to help you make an informed decision. Please
check out our Education
section for information on heartworm, diabetes, blindness and
deafness in dogs.
Heartworm in dogs is a curable condition. Almost all dogs do well
with heartworm treatment and go on to live healthy lives. Some other
conditions just require a pill or two a day. IF you have questions,
be sure to ask a Little Angels representative. You may also want
to discuss the matter with your vet.
Life Spans By Breed
The following list of predicted life spans shows how long various
breeds rescued by Little Angels Rescue may live.
It's up to you to maintain your dog's health and sense of security
and to make sure that she's able to enjoy her natural athletic ability
as long as possible. You must be perceptive, noticing changes in your
dog's moods and habits. It takes love and commitment to help your
dog navigate old age, but it will be returned in kind.
- 12-15 years. Beagle, bichon frise, collie, Doberman, papillon,
- 14-16 years. Boston terrier, cairn terrier, cocker spaniel,
Welsh corgi, Irish setter, Jack Russell terrier, Maltese terrier,
poodle (standard), schnauzer, shih tzu, West Highland White terrier,
- 15-18 years. Dachshund, poodle (miniature and toy), Chihuahua.
* Excerpt from "How Long Will My Dog Live?" by: Joan Paylo
| Top Ten Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog*
**Adapted from Labrador Retriever Rescue's "Top Ten Reasons to
Adopt a Rescue"
- Older dogs are housetrained.
- Older dogs are NOT teething puppies who chew your shoes and
- Older dogs can focus as are more mellowed.
- Older dogs have learned what "no" means.
- Older dogs settle in with greater ease because they understand
the concept of a pack.
- Older dogs are often extremely loving as they are grateful for
the second chance.
- What You See Is What You Get: Unlike puppies, older dogs have
grown into their shape and personality.
- Older dogs are instant companions -- ready car trips, and other
things you like to do.
- Older dogs affored you time for yourself because they don't
make the demands the young dogs do.
- Older dogs let you get a good night's sleep because they're
accustomed to human schedules and don't need nighttime feedings,
comforting, or bathroom breaks.
Reprinted with permission by The
Senior Dogs Project
dogs, especially seniors, need to maintain a healthy weight to prevent
joints problems, diabetes and cardiovascular issues. Talk to your
vet about how you can help your dog lose weight. Visit Petfinder.com
library for great pet-related information!!
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All Little Angel rescues are spayed and neutered prior to placement.
Our dogs are also tested for heartworm. If you have questions, please
contact a Little Angels representative.