This was written about a stuffed rabbit. It’s a beloved story that can be applied to our senior dogs. When you adopt a senior dog people might ask you why. Why not get a dog who you can have with you for the next ten or twelve or more years? Why fall in love with a dog who will likely have a shorter life and cause you to cry sooner?
“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
This quote by Margery Williams so eloquently answers these questions. If someone has to ask that question then they aren’t the ones to adopt a senior dog. This is Adopt a Senior Dog Month and we hope that some of you are ready to adopt a dog who has taken years to become real and ready to love you like no other dog can.