This past spring semester I was set on traveling to London to study abroad for the 2016 fall semester. I was beyond excited to start a new adventure.
Obviously, that did not end up happening. As it happens, I ended up adopting a senior dog instead. As an animal lover, I follow the Humane Society on social media. I noticed they had posted about a dog that was up for adoption. He was called ‘Manny’ and was an eight-year-old Pomeranian mix.After they posted the adorable photo of Manny, I found myself checking back daily to see if he had been adopted yet. My heart broke a little more every day I saw that he had not been. Finally I made a decision. If Manny had not been adopted by the end of the week, I would adopt him myself.
For the past couple years I had been really interested in adopting a senior dog. Because everyone wants a puppy when they go to shelters, the senior and adult dogs go unnoticed and sit in the shelters for months or even years.
So I decided that London could wait, but Manny could not.
Adopting a senior dog is different from the previous experiences I have had owning dogs. While my childhood dog lived well into her senior years, I had known her since she was a puppy. With Manny, we did not really have any idea what his life had been like leading up to our adoption of him.
It has been challenging at times trying to learn how to properly take care of a senior dog, but it has mostly been really fun. I don’t know how long Manny will live. While I hope he lives many more years, it is mostly important that these upcoming years are the best of his life.