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15 Reasons To Adopt Older Dogs Over Puppies

15 Reasons To Adopt Older Dogs Over Puppies

Many people tend to think about getting a puppy when they consider buying a pet, but why not consider senior dogs? Senior dogs can also be wonderful companions. Would you be willing to appreciate the beauty of an older dog waiting for a second chance at love?

Below are some of the reasons why you should consider adopting a senior dog:

1. Save An Older Dog’s Life

Older dogs are often overlooked compared to younger dogs and puppies. They will be the first to be euthanized if not adopted. Younger dogs have other opportunities for adoption, but can the same be said for older dogs? If you do walk into a shelter someday, be a life-saver, a hero, a person with compassion, and try to see if that one senior dog would be a good fit for you. That senior dog is looking for a second chance to live- and to love a new family.

2. Older Dogs Are Still Capable of Love

Older dogs have hearts of gold and can be just as sweet and loving as puppies. Dogs in general are loving creatures, and there is no reason to think that older dogs are any different. If you love them, they will love you twice as much.

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3. Senior Dogs Have Good Temperaments

While puppies and younger dogs tend to be more energetic and always seek attention, older dogs are generally calmer and more stable. They do not mess up your furniture or house like puppies or young dogs do as they go through their maturation. They are simply gentle souls.

4. Learning Tricks is Not a Problem For Older Dogs

There’s a saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but this is not true. Older dogs can still learn tricks and perhaps even find the process easier as they are more calm and focused on what you are trying to teach them.

5. Older Dogs Like to Chill Too

Want to relax on a lazy day? Feel free to invite an older dog over to relax and cuddle with you. An older dog is more likely to welcome and enjoy naps with you after you have had a long day or just want to chill on a lazy afternoon.

6. Older Dogs are Good with Kids

If you have kids, adopting a senior dog is a good option. Older dogs generally are patient with kids. They are less rowdy and not as rough as puppies and younger dogs can be during playtime. In addition, they will also be protective of the kids. A senior dog may also have had experience living with kids within its lifetime so it should not be difficult for them to adapt.

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7. Senior Dogs Make Great Friends for Human Seniors

If you are living with an elderly member of the family or thinking about getting a senior dog for an elderly person, it is a wonderful choice. Senior dogs are wonderful companions for human seniors. Not only will they help look out for the human senior when needed, they will also serve as a good friend since they are going through the same stage of aging. Some senior dogs may have had experience living with the elderly in the past too.

8. Older Dogs Have Learned Lessons

An older dog is more likely to have learned many lessons over their lifetime, such as not to chew on furniture or pee inside the house. They will notice human emotions and actions more than puppies and younger dogs who are not mature enough to understand that “no” is a warning to be obedient to your commands, for example.

9. Older Dogs Are Just as Cute as a Puppy

A puppy is cute- but so are senior dogs! They look just as cute and behave in a very cute manner too. You can take the same amount of cute pictures or videos of a senior dog as you can with a puppy. You will adore a senior dog just as much as a puppy, and maybe even more, if you only let them leave some pawprints across your heart.

10. Older Dogs are Loyal and Devoted

When senior dogs realize that they have a new family, they will likely give their owners 100% loyalty and devotion for being willing to take a chance on them. Seniors dogs will be forever grateful for your act of kindness.

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11. Older Dogs Don’t Necessarily Have Problems

Some people tend to think that older dogs have issues and that is why they are abandoned at the shelter. This is incorrect thinking because many senior dogs have no issues; they may have just been abandoned due to the age of the previous owners.

12. Every Dog is Unique

Young or old, every dog is unique. An older dog can show you its own special personality and loving nature provided you give it a second chance to love again.

13. Older Dogs Don’t Change in Size

The size of a senior dog will not change. What you see is what you will have to deal with. While a puppy or younger dog may continue to grow larger in size, adopting a senior dog allows you to see from the outset the maximum size it will reach.

14. Older Dogs Get Along with Other Pets

Older dogs are more likely to have lived with other pets in their lifetime. As such, it is actually easier for older dogs to adjust to living with other pets, if you are concerned whether an older dog would fit in with your current pets.

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15. Every Day is Special

An older dog may not have a long lifespan compared to a puppy, but that makes every day spent with them a special day. Every single day is worth something to them and you. It is not the number of days that matter, it is what makes each day special. Quality over quantity is always best.

What are you waiting for? Go and seek out a senior dog to be a part of your family. You will not regret it.

Featured photo credit: Celine Nadeau via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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