Marina came into our lives when she was one and a half years old. She was still in a “puppy stage” which meant lots of chewing, digging, and constant stimulation and exercise to help her burn off her youthful energy. Now that she is almost ten, she’s content to go for walks, take naps, and guard the yard against birds and squirrels.
Yes, cute fuzzy little puppies with warm puppy breath will turn most people into mush - however they are not for the faint of heart! They require constant care, house-breaking, and a whole lot of patience and consistency! The happiest match is when you’re at a point in your life where you can handle this demand.
Older dogs by contrast are usually very low maintenance. They’re a great fit for someone who is looking for a more mellow companion that just needs a loving home. Fellow Blogger Jeff, at Senior Pooch has a great site dedicated to the benefits and a few challenges that come with adopting an older companion. If you’re debating puppy vs older dog, please post any questions you might have and I’ll be happy to share the experiences we’ve had. Oh – and you really CAN teach an old dog new tricks. We have living proof.