How Adopting An Older Dog Into Our Family Was One of The Best Decisions We Ever Made

Adopting An Older Dog Into Our Family Was One Of The Best Decisions We Ever Made.

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The moment we met Odie, we knew he was the dog for us. In fact, I fell in love with this sweet little beagle as soon as he laid his head on my lap and looked at me with his big, brown eyes. My husband and I had talked about adopting a dog for almost as long as we had known each other. But after nearly six years of talking about it, we finally decided it was time to bring one home.

Still, we hadn’t actually expected to find one so quickly — but there he was at New York’s Broadway Barks pet adoption event. And we certainly never expected that the dog we picked would be an older, former medical research beagle.  

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In fact, we had assumed that we would bring home a young dog — maybe even a puppy. But out of all the adoptable canine breeds that we met that day, from goofy Bulldogs to beautiful cocker spaniels to excitable puppies of all colors and sizes, none of them felt quite right to us.

Odie was the one — and we both knew it immediately.

We adopted Odie from the BeFreegle Foundation, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates former research dogs. He came home with us one month before his seventh birthday.

Odie on his seventh birthday.

While it varies depending on breed or size, dogs over age 7 are often considered “senior” because, at this age, they can begin to show signs of aging. Plus, given Odie’s background, it’s possible that he could have a slightly shorter life — although because of a nondisclosure agreement signed by his rescuers, we cannot know that for sure.


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