Oct 24 2019

Adopting a Senior Dog: A Series, Part One

There are many things in life that will bring a person happiness, but there are only certain things that will bring fulfillment: mine was adopting a senior dog. Everybody wants the joyful chirpiness of a puppy, but they don’t want to deal with the potty training and obliteration of furniture. Nobody tells you that this stage is rarely existent with a senior dog. Senior dogs normally are potty trained, well-mannered, and very lovable. In fact, they usually crave attention more than most puppies.

Some senior dogs have the longest times spent in shelters. My dog Berta was in the shelter for four years before we rescued her. Although those numbers were sad to hear within, seconds of adopting her the anxiety and stress of being isolated went away. It seemed as though she knew right off the bat that these people and this place was going to be forever. When she got home she jumped on the bed and fell right asleep. She slept through the night and woke us up to use the restroom. It was a relief to know that she felt safe and secure. It also was a perk that she was potty trained and well behaved! Still to this day her routine and positive outlook is consistent!

A lot of people stress about the expenses, time, and work that goes into owning a senior dog, I can honestly say none of those things have occurred yet with Berta. My recommendation is not to let those aspects hold you back from adopting a senior dog. It is hard to see the graying faces of so many beautiful and amazing dogs at the shelter and my hope is more people will lean towards adopting senior dogs.

This type of connection and love is rare. It takes a very special individual to adopt a senior dog. My advice is to be open minded and more aware of senior dogs the next time you consider adoption. The perks are endless and the fulfillment is everlasting!

By: Emme Moorehouse

Feb 18 2010

Animal Attraction

In Love with Banana!

In Love with Banana!

I have always been interested in the science of love.  Why do we as human beings choose that one person over so many others?  What are the chemical or the subconscious reasons that signal us to pair up with particular person?  What creates attraction?  Some of it is evolutionary, some of it is purely physical, but is there more?  And how does this translate to the animals we choose to be our pet companions?  We all know we love them as much, and sometimes even more than our human companions…

I have worked at Wayside Waifs for over three years, and have loved every minute of it.  It has been fascinating to observe and learn from the dedicated staff here about their relationship with their own animals.  Of course, nearly every staff member here has one, two, three and a few of us even have upwards of six.  Because of city ordinances, I won’t mention where those folks live.   But seriously, what makes someone bond with that certain special animal over so many others?  Especially someone who may work or volunteer in an animal shelter who is exposed to so many different animals, each and every work day?

The New Best Friend!

The New Best Friend!

Our longtime volunteer photographer, Josh Solar, adopted his first dog at Wayside this past weekend.  Josh has looked into the eyes of hundreds, maybe thousands of Waifs at Wayside to capture many of the beautiful and emotional animal pictures you see on our website and in our publications.  So, after all this time, after seeing those beautiful animals, why this one dog?  Why was Banana the lucky one? 

Banana Just Understands Me

Banana Just Understands Me

I certainly don’t have many answers when it comes to the science of love, be it human or animal.  I am really just posing the questions for my own un-scientific poll.  What was it that first attracted you to your pet?  What made you follow through with your adoption?  What makes your relationship work, and your love grow?


Written by Marla Svoboda
Director of Development at Wayside Waifs

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