It is a sad fact that senior animals are often overlooked when it comes to pet adoptions. While older dogs may have some health concerns, they make the perfect calm pet. These aging canines are content with simply lounging in your lap.
L.A. resident Julie Docherty has learned just how great of pets senior dogs can make. The animal lover adopted her first dog about five years ago. 11-year-old Sir MoMo had just undergone eye surgery and his senses were failing, but Docherty fell in love with the tiny chihuahua.
Docherty says Sir MoMo taught her that senior dogs deserve a chance at a forever home too.
“My first senior adoption was a happy accident,” Docherty told The Dodo. “I discovered MoMo, fell in love with him, and we bonded over his rehabilitation and care. I came to realize then how heartbreakingly overlooked this large category of shelter dogs are, and how ideal senior adoption was for me.”
In fact, Sir MoMo made such an impact on Docherty that she has since added more senior chihuahuas to her family. Choli Churro, Paloma Linda, and Benito have joined Sir MoMo to make their family complete.
Docherty explains that she had also adopted a fifth dog, Lalo Flan but it unfortunately passed away after a short battle with cancer.
The four dogs all come from abusive pasts, but they have found love and comfort in each other. Each dog has their own unique personality, but still love to lounge around the house together.
“Paloma and Benito are the closest,” Docherty said. “Mo tends to like his space. Choli will invite himself flop next to anyone. He especially enjoys tormenting Benito.”
Docherty explains that adopting senior animals has come with its own set of challenges, like several health issues, but it has been worth every second.
“Things are pretty calm with these four,” Docherty said. “No hyper, chewing, puppy energy. No need for long walks. With senior pups you never have to nap alone. They sleep. A lot. And have an enormous capacity for love, with an attitude of gratitude.”