Benny Archuleta aka “Senior Wiener” is the person I personally know who is most passionate about “seniors”, although there are a number of groups which focus on providing a home for seniors. I wish there wasn’t a need for this. Unfortunately, there are many reasons a “senior” ends up in need of a home including:
A number of thoughts I’ll share on “seniors”.
Don’t let anyone tell you that an 8-year-old Dachshund is a “senior”. That is generally when veterinarians and the animal business start to refer to dogs as “seniors”. At 8 years old a Dachshund is in its 40s ….. I don’t know about you, I surely did not consider myself a senior at that age.
Even if you hate facing the concept of ailing health or death, PLEASE please please have CONCRETE plans regarding plans where your beloved Dachshund(s) will go, and keep it UPDATED.
HUGE insight: Your aging Dachshund is merely an opportunity for you to learn to embrace your own current or future self. I’ve always found it fascinating that a “senior” human wants to adopt a very young Dachshund without a thought for the likelihood that they will die or become unable to care for their faithful companion well before the Dachshund even hits its own senior status (around 12 years of age).
When adopting an older senior and/or one with health issues that may slow down its pace a bit …. they act as “messengers” for us, reminding us to take a few moments to enjoy life …. to slow down and be present … to embrace trust and patience (when I’m in the middle of something and have to stop what I’m doing) …. to be grateful for every minute of our lives … So, when one of mine needs extra attention or I’m cleaning up yet another mess …. I am reminded to look at life from the “glass half full” because I’d rather have something to clean up and get to enjoy the physical presence of my senior Dachshund. By the way, I also have a senior Border Collie who has Dementia …. and the life lessons I am getting from him are amazing. Thank you, Celt.
You want a faithful companion? As Benny shares below, often there is nothing more rewarding than adopting a senior Dachshund who would otherwise have been “euthanized” and sometimes, not so kindly. They have this amazing capacity to open our hearts, in a very unique way. I think it’s tied to my point above … embrace a senior Dachshund and you may find your way embracing your own senior self (when that occurs) in a more loving and open way.
“For whatever time this animal has remaining, they will give you so much happiness and love. In a short while, people watching the two of you would never guess that you hadn’t been together for its whole life. Don’t deny yourself the opportunity to experience the love of an older animal. Whatever time you are allowed with this animal will be time you will treasure for the rest of your life. And for the rest of it’s life too. You won’t regret it. Ever.” ~ Benny Archuleta
The quote above will be immediately understood and appreciated by those who have had the joy and privilege of adopting a senior dog. For those of you who have not yet experienced this special treat, but may have been considering it, I hope this page will help convince you to make the leap of faith and actually adopt a senior.
The folks at Almost Home Dachshund Rescue Society have listed several of the most common objections that they hear from people as to why they won’t consider a senior. I’ve reprinted the list below, but I strongly urge you to visit their website and view the page it came from in its entirety.
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Now, an observation of my own: Take just a few moments and look closely at your seven or eight-year-old dachshund.
Beautiful animal, isn’t it? Loves you very much, no doubt. If something were to happen to you tomorrow and it were necessary for your dog to be rehomed, what would you say its chances were of finding another good home? Sadly, they are not as good as you may think. While you may not think of your animal as a senior, almost everyone else will.
Every day, countless animals just like yours remain in rescue because they are “too old” to adopt. But, consider this; in three years, that three or four-year-old dachshund you hope to adopt will also be “over age”. By adopting an older dachshund now, you have saved yourself that three year wait and gained an additional three years of companionship for yourself and your current animal.
Please, consider an older rescue, if you are considering a rescue at all. These poor animals have given almost a full lifetime of love and devotion to their family and now, through no fault of their own, have no place to spend their senior years. No one to love and care for them until their time comes to pass to the Rainbow Bridge.
These animals are in exactly the same situation that your older animal might be in one day, should you ever be unable to continue caring for it.
If you would like more information about adopting a senior rescue, may I suggest clicking on some of the links from this Google™ search page. (Please note: This search has been updated as of November 2017 to make it more current.)