Staff and volunteers of the Elmbrook Humane Society will be blogging about what's going on at the society, as well as other observations about life in Wisconsin.
The mission of the Elmbrook Humane Society is to promote the human-animal bond through adoption and education, to provide shelter to homeless animals, and to prevent animal cruelty and neglect. EBHS services the city of Brookfield, the villages of Butler, Chenequa, Elm Grove and Nashotah, and the towns of Brookfield and Delafield. EBHS shelters unwanted pets and strays, and rescues injured domestic animals and wildlife, provides resources for individuals with companion animals and provides Humane Education to schools and civic groups.
Visit our web site at www.EBHS.org.
It will come as no surprise to anyone that keeps up with the EBHS news that they are running a special on senior dogs. I’m also sure that people come with their preconceived notions as to what a senior dog is like. I’d just like to say, from my own experience, that just like with adopting any dog, you have to meet them before you can really know what they are like. You can’t just look at the web-site pictures. Different breeds of dog age at different rates so that what may be ancient for a large dog may not be that old for a small dog. Perhaps you are thinking, as I once did, that an older dog will just lie around the house and not be able to do much else but keep you company. Well, that is true for some older dogs but not for all. I adopted my senior dog about 4 years ago. She is 13 now and definitely showing signs of age; in fact I thought I was going to lose her about 2 weeks ago, but she is back on her feet and back to her mischievous ways. When I got her, I wasn’t sure what to expect but thought she’d just age calmly and I’d have her for 2 or 3 years. Well, she required daily 2 mile hikes with my younger dog, went on many mother, daughter, and dogs camping trips, and has kept me very busy. Her hind legs are giving out so she can’t walk as far as she would like any more but she still comes running if I pick up a leash. So, if you have room in your life, check out the senior dogs. They still have a lot to give and may just surprise you.