Sunday, June 29, 2008
My boyfriend, Keith, and I attended a luau today with Poncho, my 8-year-old Chihuahua/rat terrier whom I adopted two years ago from Young at Heart Pet Rescue in Palatine, IL. In the picture on the right he's standing on the back of Victor, a great Dane whom he met at the party.
The luau was sponsored by Young at Heart to benefit their sanctuary fund. They hope to buy land to house dogs and cats who are too ill to be adopted.
Young at Heart specializes in placing older dogs and cats. Because Poncho was found as a stray, the people at Young at Heart didn't know his exact age. Their vet estimated him at 6-8 years old. My vet estimated his age at 4-6 years old. So I used 6 years as a safe bet. Poncho was a good fit for my lifestyle. I enjoy watching TV or reading, and I value my sleep. Poncho still has spunk, but he's not hyper or demanding of attention. And he, too, highly values his sleep.
If you're considering getting a dog or a cat, look into getting an older one. They may be housebroken, and they're past their puppy chewing stage. This article from the Humane Societ of the United States' Web site is a favorite of mine regarding the benefits of senior pets.
And, of course, please adopt from a shelter or a rescue organization. Don't buy from a backyard breeder. And don't support puppy mills by buying from pet stores.