Perhaps you say . . .
“An older dog will not bond with me.”
This is simply untrue. If you love and care for your dog, your dog will love you back in at least equal measure. A dog offers complete and unconditional love no matter its age.
“An older dog will have bad habits that are hard to break.”
An older dog is no more likely than a young dog to have behavioral issues, and, in fact, we find that older dogs are generally more well-mannered, easier housemates than their younger counterparts.
“A senior boxer will be more expensive.”
All boxers are expensive to care for. It’s possible that major expenses will be delayed if you adopt a younger dog, but it’s not something you should count on with this breed. If you are concerned about the expense of an older boxer, you probably should more carefully consider whether a boxer is right for you at all.
“I cannot deal with the heartbreak of losing a dog.”
We understand that everyone wants to spend as many years as possible with their dog. But if you own any dog, you will inevitably face heartbreak, and no matter how many years you’ve had with your dog, it will always feel too soon. While the pain of loss is unavoidable, a totally unnecessary and preventable tragedy is that many adult and older dogs never know the love they deserve simply because people didn’t feel they would get enough in return to justify opening their hearts to them.
Please consider adopting an older boxer! To rescue an older boxer is not only a gift to that boxer but also to yourself, and is an experience neither of you will ever forget.