Shelters across the United States continue to euthanize dogs at alarming rates
and the older dog is often the one killed because they are considered harder to
place after 3 to 4 yrs of age. Why? Because possible adopters feel that the
time remaining to each of these older dogs is too limited. Direct quote from a
"when the shelter becomes overcrowded, management uses age as one of the
reasons to put these older dogs down".
One of the most common statements made when someone is asked to consider the
older dog for adoption is that 'they don't live long enough'. Well, trite as it
may sound "NONE" of them live long enough. Doesn't matter if you acquire a dog
as a 9 or 10 year old or as a ball of fluff at 8-9 weeks they will leave your
side long before you are prepared for it. Besides, what actually is being
prepared for it? If you discover the answer for that one please let all other
dog owners know what it is.
Instead of looking at the quantity of time that you might have, reassess
everything you've ever thought about owning a dog and consider what's better?
Quantity or Quality? With a little thought and preparation you can experience,
with the senior Malinois, a quality of pet ownership that can far outweigh the
Are you a first time Malinois owner? I can't imagine a better way to become
acquainted with the Malinois than to experience the joys of what the Malinois
is meant to become, bypassing all the frustrations and pitfalls associated with
raising a puppy. When the time comes you can be ready to experience your first
Malinois puppy thru the experience gained with the senior mature Malinois.
The senior Malinois enters our rescue program for many reasons, generally human
qualified reasons, not canine associated reasons. Having lost their lifetime
companion they will often show signs of depression not unlike what a human
would experience at the loss of a husband or wife of many years. The benefits
the senior Malinois offers in the way of love and companionship is quickly
seen, even in the early stages of ownership. The senior Malinois has already
enjoyed many years of having been bonded to someone which makes transferring
that bond relatively easy when they are provided with love and a sense of
security by the adopting family.
Adopting the senior Malinois is not risk free. There are no quarantees as to
lifespan and since only a relatively few come into the system in a manner that
allows the rescue organization to know their heritage no amount of guessing
will insure that you will have many, many years of unbiased love. What can be
guaranteed is that the senior Malinois will give you all the love it is capable
of giving in the years that remain, and will immediately be agreeable to
participating in whatever activities your family does.
Ty a Senior Malinois's Story
THE SENIOR MALINOIS:
The senior Malinois truly appreciates the second chance you can give it and
will return love in abundance.
The senior Malinois is normally already housetrained.
The senior Malinois has progressed beyond the teething stage, thus your
belongings are safe from the hazards of puppyhood.
The senior Malinois has attained a degree of serenity not seen in younger dogs
and is usually ready, willing and able to participate fully in family
The senior Malinois has a lower distraction index thus allowing them to learn
more quickly than puppies.
The senior Malinois has learned that "no" means "no".
The senior Malinois is experienced in the ways of pack hierarchy and given the
chance will settle in more quickly than the puppy that must be monitored for
all the activities puppies shouldn't, but do, participate in.
The senior Malinois has matured so what you see is what you get. No puppy
uglies, no teething (and the hazards that accompany it), no surprises.
The senior Malinois just wants to be with its person -- hiking, car trips,
walks, playing, and day to day companionship.
The senior Malinois reduces the initial demands on your time that puppies and
young dogs require for housebreaking, teaching manners, and training. Included
in the day to day activities of the household the senior Malinois will very
quickly find its niche in your family.
The senior Malinois's adjustment period won't upset your regular night time
routine since they are accustomed to human schedules and won't as a general
rule require middle of the night feedings, comforting, or potty breaks.
PRECAUTIONS FOR A GOOD BEGINNING
The senior Malinois doesn't come fault proofed however, so some precautions
should be taken during the initial stages of living together.
Dog Proof your home. Many of us tend to forget that *new* means interesting; so
remove items that might pose a danger to your new senior Malinois.
Make sure food and water dishes are located where they can be easily found by
the senior Malinois.
For a short period of time reduce accessibility to just the few rooms of your
home where you are at any given time. Baby gates are great for this, or just
close doors. Even a Malinois that's housebroken can have an accident. Reduce
the chance that your senior Malinois may have difficulty finding the door to
the outside during those first early days. Once you have established a routine
for potty breaks and both you and the senior Malinois know what the routine is
then access can slowly be broadened until the senior Malinois has full access.
Don't immediately change the brand of food that has been fed in the foster
home, the senior Malinois can experience digestive upsets more readily than the
younger dog so using bottled water during the transition can also help
Ask the foster home about the schedule the senior Malinois has become
accustomed to while in their care. Feeding, potty breaks, time of rising,
Ask if there is any particular toy that the senior Malinois played with in its
foster home that could be sent along with them to help make the transition
Be lavish with grooming, it is rare for any Malinois to truly *hate* grooming
and it provides an excellent opportunity for one on one interaction and
provides you the opportunity to monitor any changes that might occur in your
senior Malinois's body.
Lastly, be tolerant. Your new senior Malinois has grown accustomed to the way
of life of his previous owner(s) and given time will adjust to life as you live
Malinois tend to remain very vigorous and healthy throughout their lifetime.
At approximately 12 years of age you might begin to notice some slowing down
but then again you might not since it is not unheard of for a Malinois to live
beyond 14. The senior Malinois that is secure in the knowledge that they are
valued and loved can remain exceptionally active and are definitely attuned to
the slightest suggestion for fun and games.
When the day finally arrives that your senior Malinois tells you that it's time
to let go do it freely, with your heart full of gratitude for all the precious
quality time they gave you. You'll never be sorry you chose to own a
magnificent SENIOR MALINOIS.
Adopted by the Pisani's read about
first few days