Everyone thought I was crazy for adopting a 10-year-old dog as my first pet. Six years later, she’s still kicking it, going on adventures, and giving all the snuggles. Happy Gotcha Day, Rugby!


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Everyone thought I was crazy for adopting a 10-year-old dog as my first pet. Six years later, she’s still kicking it, going on adventures, and giving all the snuggles. Happy Gotcha Day, Rugby!



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  1. The first dog I ever adopted was a nine-year-old Golden Retriever/Irish Setter mix. First vet visit he asks me, “how attached are you to this dog?” We never went back to him. Old girl made it to 16! LOVE old dogs.

  2. I just adopted a 15 yr old cat. He was rescued from a hoarding situation–25+ cats in the house. His left ear had to be amputated due to infection, and his fur shaved because it was so matted. He has put on some weight & is now only underweight, not malnourished like he was when rescued.

    He is a total slutty love bug who loves to cuddle & get scritches, eat crunchy treats & Fresh Pet food. I’ll only have a few years with him but I intend on making those years amazing for him.

    You’re an awesome doggy parent. 🙂

  3. I adopted my dog Carlton at the age of 11. He was surrendered at a shelter at the age of 10. Thankfully a rescue agency adopted and fostered him until the right person came along to adopt him. A year and a half later, he and I became best friends. He’s full of life and spending his glory years spoiled rotten with treats, toys, and snuggles every day. Couldn’t ask for a better companion!
    Good for you for giving senior animals the love they so much deserve!

  4. I adopted a 9 year old Chihuahua that has been surrendered after being used and thrown away as a breeding dog. They found her on the street, starving and very traumatized. I didn’t even plan to get her, I saw her listed online as a “red alert” since she was due to be put down the following morning. Something told me to wake up at dawn, drive an hour south and pick her up hours before she was set to die. Best decision ever. Teaching her how to love and trust not only me but my others dogs too has been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. She’s even changed the way I look at second chances and perseverance.

    I hope your good girl not only gives you love but inspires you to think about life differently like my good girl has done for me.

  5. Adopted 2 senior pets so far and it’s so rewarding. First one from a shelter and a guy in the army being deployed and surrendering his pet. I adopted that dog and he lived out his last 2 years while we kept in touch with his owner. Second one was a woman who couldn’t afford to keep her chihuahua after raising him for 10 years and he’s having the time of his life now. When I go to a shelter, I ask to see the dogs starting with the oldest. They usually have awesome personalities and are potty trained and you save then from dying in a pound. It’s a win for everyone!

  6. This makes me so happy! I want to adopt an older/senior dog too as my first pet but my parents are against it. I’m glad that people like you are proving naysayers wrong <3

    PS pls tell your dog that I love her

  7. My family got our Clancy when he was about 6. He was a little snippy at first, but in 4 years has since become one of the kindest gentlest doggos I’ve ever had the honor of petting.

  8. That’s amazing! I grew up with dogs, but my first dog of my own was 7 years old and in horrible shape due to abuse when I began fostering her. I fell in love with her immediately and adopted her soon after. She’s almost 11 now and so much healthier than the day I got her. I hope she also gets to see age 16! Happy gotcha day!

  9. What a beautiful girl! Happy gotcha day, Rugby!

    And kudos on adopting a senior. Yes, their time with you is shorter, but there’s nothing like the love of a vintage puppy.

  10. So happy for you both! Whatever the backstory, must have been hard on Rugby finding a new forever home at 10 years old. Glad her days are filled with love and blessings to you for picking that sweet girl. ❤️❤️

  11. I saw a comic a long time ago that was a long the basis of “they won’t be around your entire life, but you’ll be along they’re entire life” and to this day, I refuse to adopt any baby that isn’t A shelter dog, regardless of age.

  12. Senior dogs are seriously overlooked gems. They’re already trained and have gotten most of that hyper energy out so they tend to be very calm and loving additions to the family! Not to mention that you get to give a dog that otherwise might not have had a chance of being adopted (since people often overlook them) a new, loving home to live out the rest of their days in. 🙂

    On a similar note, black cats are also hidden gems! I’ve never met an unpleasant black cat. Always quirky and adorable. However, many people see them as “boring” and not photogenic so they also tend to get overlooked at shelters. ….Bonus points if you adopt a senior black cat! 😉

  13. My dog was only a year old when I adopted her but having watched her slowly turn in an old lady over the last 13 years I couldn’t imagine a dog going through that without someone to take care of them. My next dog is gonna be a senior.

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