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10 Beautiful Old Dogs To Celebrate Senior Dog Month

The first older dog I adopted was a lovable, sweet lil’ lady named Hayley. She was an abused and mistreated chihuahua who somehow managed to retain a great, big loving heart. My daughter had just been diagnosed with a chronic illness at the time, and they formed an instant bond. It was (and still is) very plain to see that since the day we brought her into our home, they have helped heal each other on a daily basis as each stroke of Hayley’s soft little head gives Kate the strength to keep fighting and Hayley some much needed love and attention. (Read their full story here.)

While many people just naturally think of adopting a puppy, there are so many reasons to adopt an older dog. Now a new book pays tribute to this unique canine group and also shows us many reasons why senior dogs are special. Beautiful Old Dogs: A Loving Tribute to Our Senior Best Friends, edited by David Tabatsky, is filled with gorgeous photography by the late Gary Gross. While Gross may have been noted in fashion, he later went on to become a leading dog trainer.  This book captures purely stunning photos of senior dogs in their glory in an effort to show how beautiful and loving senior dogs really are, along with uplifting essays and poetry by Anna Quindlen, Ally Sheedy, Christopher Durang, Doris Day, Dean Koontz, Marlo Thomas, and others.

There is perhaps, no better time to showcase these senior beauties than by honoring them during Senior Pet Month with these true stunning and sweet photos of old dogs, outlining reasons why everyone should consider adopting a senior dog!

  • Diamond 1 of 12
    old dogs

    Older dogs have an already developed personality. You know how they will turn out because they are full-fledged adult dogs.

    Image: © 2013 Garry Gross

  • Milo 2 of 12
    old dogs

    They will likely already be spayed or neutered before you adopt them.

    Image: © 2013 Garry Gross

  • Chuck 3 of 12
    old dogs

    Because they have seen so much in their life, older dogs are very loving and forgiving. It is almost as if they sense that you have rescued them, and they are just so happy to be with you.

    Image: © 2013 Garry Gross

  • Jason 4 of 12
    old dogs

    And all of this adds up to less mess for you!

    Image: © 2013 Garry Gross

  • Echo 5 of 12
    old dogs

    If you have ever had a puppy, you know that it is a full-time job, just like having a baby. If you turn your back for a second, you just might find them eating something they shouldn't, chewing on a precious item, or making a puddle on your carpet. Older dogs have been there, done that and do not need constant supervision.

    Image: © 2013 Garry Gross

  • Faith 6 of 12
    old dogs

    Since many older dogs have already been part of a family, they know how the dynamic works and for the most part, know their place.

    Image: © 2013 Garry Gross

  • Al 7 of 12
    old dogs

    Training may be a bit easier because older dogs, like people are more calm.

    Image: © 2013 Garry Gross

  • Muddy 8 of 12
    old dogs

    Everyone wants a new puppy, but if you can find it in your heart to adopt a senior dog, you will save a life because they are generally overlooked at adoption time. By learning some easy tips on how to care for older dogs, living with an older dog is often easier than an energetic puppy.

    Image: © 2013 Garry Gross

  • Samson 9 of 12
    old dogs

    Could you even pass up this face?

    Image: © 2013 Garry Gross

  • Tripp 10 of 12
    old dogs

    Or this one! Or any of these in this slideshow?

    Image: © 2013 Garry Gross

  • Beautiful Old Dogs 11 of 12
    old dogs

    This beautiful book also has a foreword by celebrity dog trainer, Victoria Stilwell, from It's Me Or The Dog. For more information, click here.

    Image: © 2013 Garry Gross

  • New Item 12 12 of 12
 

Follow Danielle on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest (where she maintains an ‘Adorable Pups’ board), or find her at her blog, Some Puppy To Love.

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