About Newf Friends

Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue is a volunteer run, foster home based rescue group for Newfoundland Dogs in need in Ontario, Canada.
We place Newfs into carefully screened homes in Ontario and surrounding provinces and states.
Established in 2008.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month ?

Senior dogs make wonderful companions but sadly are often overlooked at shelters and rescues in favour of younger animals.  There are many advantages to adopting a senior pet:

  • What you see is what you get.  There are no surprises when you adopt a mature pet - you know exactly what their size, coat type, grooming needs and exercise needs are.
  • Most senior dogs are already trained, know basic commands and have good leash manners.  They are ready to get out and explore the world with you.
  • Generally, older dogs have good house-manners (they won't eat your shoes!) and are already housebroken so they require less time and energy to integrate them into your home than younger dogs do.
  • Mature pets have been around the block a few times and have learned a lot over the years about life's lessons. They tend to be more laid back and settle in easily and adapt to new situations quickly.  
  • Many senior dogs have met a lot of other dogs and have learned how to get along with them.  They tend to have good doggie social skills and have a calming influence on younger more rambunctious dogs.
  • Senior dogs are mellower and more focused than younger dogs making them easier to train.
  • Senior dogs have lower exercise needs than young dogs so they are well suited to most families.  They are often satisfied with a nice walk followed by a nap by the fire.
  • Senior dogs have so much love to give -- they appreciate a kind hand, a warm bed and love and affection.
  • When you adopt a senior dog you save a life.
Senior dogs make wonderful companions -- if you have been thinking about adding a new dog to your family, please consider adopting a mature dog, you won't be disappointed!