When I turned 50, AARP tracked me down, just like the organization does for thousands of people. There are many benefits to becoming a member, not the least of which is travel discounts. So, becoming “mature” does have its benefits!
Similarly, there are many benefits to adopting and living with a “mature” pet. My husband and I adopted our cocker spaniel, Cody, from our local humane society when he was 10 years old. This sweet and spry little guy was used as a stud dog then tossed away after “services rendered”. Six years later, Cody continues to enjoy his “retirement” years with us, sleeping on warm dog blankets (or in our bed), taking walks around the neighborhood, visiting our cabin in the mountains... and eating whatever he wants (sometimes these days getting him to eat is a challenge, so hamburger, steak, chicken, and pork chops help stimulate his appetite).
Greg and I have enjoyed sharing the past six years with him. Cody is now more than 16 years old, and for the past few several months he's declined in health. Yet, we are grateful for the time and thankful we didn't pass him up because of his age. Many people would... and do.
November is National Adopt-a-Senior Pet Month. There are many benefits to adopting a mature pet. Here are just a few:
So the next time you have opportunity to provide a dog or cat with a home, please consider adopting an adult or senior pet. Like my husband and I, you, too, will know the joy of spending time with an adoring, mature four-footed friend and giving that animal a special, loving retirement home.
Gayle M. Irwin is a writer and public relations professional who volunteers with various animal rescue groups. She enjoys sharing her books and her passion for pets and the environment with others.