It has been said that dogs are considered senior when they reach the age of seven.  Some giant breeds actually refer to their dogs as senior when they reach age 5 or 6.  Cardigans are a very hearty and long lived breed so to us, senior is all relative!  Cardigans usually age quite gracefully, many living to be age 14 or more.  At age 7, a Cardigan is barely middle aged.

We do get a quite a number of older dogs in to rescue.  Many of which are passed over due to their age.  These dogs come to us for a variety of reasons which are no fault of their own.  An older dog has many things to offer:
1. Older dogs have already gone through puppyhood as well as the "terrible twos".  They are housetrained and teething/chewing is not a problem.
2. Older dogs are who they are.  You know what you are getting whereas a puppy will still have some things in store before they finish maturing.
3. Older dogs are not as demanding of your time.  They just want to be with you, where ever you are.
4. Older dogs DO learn new things quickly.  They are ready to join you where ever you may go and are ready to face the world by your side.
5. Lastly, and most importantly, and older dog is appreciative of having a second chance.  They have been waiting to a part of a family again.
Please do not discount these wonderful dogs!  Life with an older rescue dog could just be a love affair to remember.  The only thing you have to lose is your heart!
Here is a prime example of the joy a senior can bring to your life. Meet Doc. He was brought into rescue after he was found in very poor condition in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Things were touch and go with him in the beginning as he had multiple tumors and a very serious uppper respiratory infection. Once he was well enough, he traveled to upstate NY to foster and rehabilitate. It took about 8 months to get him well and he was adopted into a wonderful home. They were waiting for a senior dog, one that perhaps was overlooked due to age. Here is what Doc's family has to say about their experience:

"My husband and I have talked about getting a corgi for years but never took the dive.  One day we saw Doc’s picture on the Cardigan rescue site and read his sad story of being picked up abandoned in a parking lot with all kinds of medical issues.  Despite what he had been through, he was smiling so big in all his pictures!  We barely gave it a thought that he was 10… in fact we wanted an older dog because they love to relax and come house broken. Doc’s foster caretaker, Karen, brought him to our house for a visit and it was doggie love at first site! Even though we’ve always associated Corgis with Pembrokes, he is hands down the cutest Corgi we’ve seen anywhere.  He is a sweet, curious and goofy little dog with a big personality!  He does have some triggers from his tough history but we were more than willing to work through them.  A couple weeks later, he joined our family for good.  He was already lead trained, house broken and crate trained so that was awesome.  Today he is already so trusting of us and we happily do all the extra ‘chores’ that come with dog ownership.    When he gave us those first little dog kisses, we knew we had formed a great bond and despite some grumpy days, there is no doubt that we made the right choice.  Now the next big decision is what his Halloween costume should be…we were thinking a train caboose." 

Doc is pictured below in his new home.



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