Puppies are adorable. There’s no question about it. But when it comes to getting a family pet, are they always the best bet? As an old-dog lover myself, who adopted an adorable senior dog a few years ago, I’m here to say: Older dogs are where it’s at for family pets.
And I know I'm not the only one. Laura Coffey, a senior writer, editor and producer for “TODAY,” loves old dogs so much, she wrote a book about them entitled, “My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts.” She says, “Dogs in this ‘golden age’ — over the age of about six or seven — often make ideal pets for people with busy lives or for people who simply want snuggly, tranquil companionship. That said, as wonderful as senior animals are, they can be overlooked at shelters across the United States, where about 1.5 million dogs and cats are put down each year.”
No, you probably can't teach a dog new tricks, but if you’re considering getting one, here are just a few reasons why older dogs really do make the best family pets.