Hard to adopt out and often left alone in shelters since everyone thinks they want a puppy, these furry friends just need to be given a chance.
Most dogs are considered “senior” at around age 7 or 8, though smaller dogs can often live beyond 15. While some of them may have some health problems, their owners know that they still have lots of love to give.
After all, age is just a number and these good boys and girls will show you just how rewarding it is to have an older dog in your life.
1. Joey, 16
At 16, she’s still enjoying playing in the water and eating sand! Look at those lips!
2. Homer J, age unknown
Adopted as a senior, Homer’s favorite activity is resting his eyes with his human companions.
3. Jackson, age unknown
Jackson’s owners had to get a bit creative to give him the fresh air he loves so much, but what wouldn’t you do for your BFF?
4. Unnamed, 18
5. Elderly boxer, age unknown
And by the look on its face, we think he or she is less than excited to see her go.
6. Arrow, 16
They’ve even outfitted their boat with an area that’s comfortable for him to rest!
7. Name unknown, 14
But her Redditor/owner said they got a big surprised one day when they came home from work and the dog chased them around like a puppy.
You never know when a senior dog is going to get a burst of energy!
8. Tigger, age unknown
Now he and his brother Coltrane (also a senior pup) have their own Instagram page where you can follow their adventures.
9. Bob Lablaw, 12
This is one handsome senior dog!
10. Nanook, 8
Now she’s off to live the good life and it looks like she knows it!
11. Copper, 10
We just love a happy ending for a sick and aging pup who clearly deserves a second chance!
12. Mouse, 8
We hope there are many more years of Mouse to come!
13. Dynamic duo, details unknown
Their photo kind of looks like a before and after – about 10 years apart!
14. Lola and Stella, ages unknown
But after about a week of combat, the family found them cuddled together in bed.
15. Babs, age unknown
She’s unlikely to be adopted because of some heart issues, but the shelter provides her with lots of love.
16. Rosebud, age unknown
They’ve had a lot of practice!
17. Roxie, age unknown
She’s still up for adoption in Nashville if you want a fun-loving senior pup!
18. Big senior, little pup, ages unknown
As the elder statesman in the family, this chubby little Boston Terrier is happy to be a bed for his new friend.
19. Cyprees, age unknown
“…he’s been a street dog his entire life. In this picture you can see scarring around his neck, this is most likely from a chain that was too tight and dug into his skin. We don’t know much about him, but we do know his life was rough before he got to me. He has testicular cancer but that’s not stopping him! He has SO much love to give, even after a life full of pain and neglect. I am head over heels for him!”
What a story!
20. Agnes, 12
Even at 12 years old her owners describe her as a ball of energy.
And she looks so happy to be in her fur-ever home!
21. Boomer, 10.5
While the owner hadn’t had a dog in 27 years, they found each other at exactly the right time.
22. Fozzy, age unknown
He came to his new owner with no front teeth, a cauliflower ear, and a spine damaged from too many years tied up and trying to break free.
Now, he’s free as a bird and always smiling.
23. Millie, 16
Even though she’s deaf, that doesn’t keep her from loving life (and striking a great pose!)
24. Stout, 16
What a handsome boy!
25. Wynton, 13
Wynton and his owner have clearly had some time to perfect their twinning!
26. Bou-Bou, 14
Sounds like his owner is keeping him in the the best of shape for a long and happy life.
27. Aegir, 15
For Aegir, it’s a snowy day that brings out the puppy in him.
28. Ella, 16
And you don’t even have to teach her how to drive!
29. Chance, 14
Oh, what we wouldn’t do for our best friends!
30. Carlos, 12
But there’s no way we could pass by this little guy and not give him a snuggle.
31. Dooley, 13
She’s certainly making that hat look good.
32. Hailey, 15
Some dogs never change!
33. Missy, 14
Her owner says: “Didn’t pull her weight with the raking, but she’s still a good girl.”
34. Hedda, 14
Then again, she probably doesn’t mind looking her age.
35. Gracie, 11
Such a pretty girl!
36. Lucky, 17
It’s always good to know where you stand in a relationship.
37. Sox, 12
That’s a look of unconditional love if we’ve ever seen one.
38. Artie, 15
And from the sound of it, his owner is really looking forward to having a new bestie!
We love a happy ending.
39. Panda, 11
This little old pup looks like he wears a happy face all day long.
40. Cocoa, 15
And it looks like she’s patiently waiting to dig into that peanut butter birthday cake like a good girl.
41. Stabler, 15(ish)
Stabler is showing us that no matter you get, you can still have puppy dog eyes.
Could you say no to this face?