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Seniors Series: Pros and cons of adopting a new pet

Original post made on Jul 30, 2014

When Gail Ruvalcaba met Puddles at the Valley Humane Society, she knew he was the purrfect pet for her. She was seeking to provide a good life -- and a good ending -- for a cat, and Puddles, although less than 2 years old, has a limited life expectancy.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 11:23 AM

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Posted by Norine
a resident of Danville
on Jul 30, 2014 at 11:43 am

Your article was very well written and most appreciated. We lost our dog over 10 years ago and did not feel I could go through putting down another dog. They are too precious in my life. Instead, I chose to visit my daughter often and enjoy her dog. Lately, I have been giving some thought to getting another dog. As I mentioned, your article arrived at just the right time. Thank you.

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Posted by San Ramon Observer
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 1, 2014 at 1:24 pm

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.


I'm a senior. I will be 72 in October. Pets are great. They keep you company and never judge you or criticize.

I fostered cats for about ten years. First for TVAR (Tri-Valley Animal Rescue) and later for Safe-Cat Foundation in San Ramon. Cats are easy to take care of and very friendly once they learn to trust you. If a cat is aloof and hiding, just give it more time.

So many homeless animals are put to sleep (killed) in shelters. Please consider adopting one today. Big dogs are much more difficult to place than small dogs, so if you have a yard or need some exercise, adopt a big dog and take it for daily walks. It's good for you and good for the dog.

Consider adopting more than one dog or cat, especially if they are already together in the shelter. They will keep each other company if you work or go out regularly.


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Posted by dogfather
a resident of Danville
on Aug 1, 2014 at 2:03 pm

The BARK magazine ran this tribute: "In Praise of Senior Dogs." Web Link It was later included in a book called Beautiful Old Dogs. Web Link And it's true. win.

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