As I am writing this post, Broderick, who is a rescued Cairn Terrier, is on his way to his forever home. After 1,232 days in foster care, Broderick has found a real home. Broderick is about ten years old.
Transport people from the Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue are driving Broderick from North Carolina to New England. Nearly five years ago, similar people drove Divinity from Missouri to Minnesota.
Like Divinity, Broderick found someone who was willing to adopt an older dog. Unfortunately, there are not enough people willing to take this golden opportunity.
Older dogs actually offer many advantages over their younger brethren. There are some disadvantages as well, but the advantages far outweigh having one of these charming older dogs in one’s life.
Despite the “Old Wives Tales” such as “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” or “I like to travel, but an older dog wouldn’t enjoy going places,” the opposite is quite often the case. Then there is the comment on how “they won’t live long.” On this last statement, maybe, or maybe not (see Tink in the link section of this post).
Divinity was 9-1/2 years old when I adopted her. Multiple people had submitted adoption paperwork on her before I did. All of them changed their minds as they all decided that she was “too old.”
When I got Divinity, she did not know how to walk on a leash. Ten months later, Divinity had not only taken, and passed a Canine Good Citizen certification test, she had also become a registered Therapy Dog. The Pet Partner’s Therapy Dog exam is a test of the highest order.
As for “going places” Divinity has twice been an International Traveler. Divinity, and many other older dogs love traveling. After years in a cage in a puppy-mill, Divinity also enjoys camping, and other adventures. Divinity is not alone in enjoying these pastimes.
Here are some links with additional information on Broderick, Tink, and Divinity & her adventures.
Note: The above link will only be active for a short time. At some point soon it will be removed from the Col Potter adoption page.
UPDATE: Here is a picture of Broderick that was taken after he arrived at his Forever Home.