Woman, 96, adopts 17-year-old dog: 'I knew straight away he was the one for me'

A 97-year-old woman has adopted a 17-year-old Jack Russell after his previous owner sadly passed away.

Both Marjory, from Durham, and the aptly named Jack had recently suffered a loss, as her previous dog died just before lockdown last year.

As soon as she saw him on the Dogs Trust website, Marjory knew Jack was the dog she wanted to give a home to.

She said: ‘Sadly, I lost my previous dog just before lockdown in 2020 and the house has felt so empty ever since.

‘I’ve had dogs most of my life so when I noticed Jack on the Dogs Trust website, I knew straight away he was the one for me.

‘When I found out how old Jack was, it made me even more intent on giving him a home because I couldn’t bear the idea of him spending the rest of his life living in kennels.

‘He is a very calm dog and likes to take life at his own pace, so this suits me very well.

‘I love going for walks with him because he doesn’t pull on his lead, and he even stays by my side when he is off the lead as well.

‘I would encourage anyone thinking of adopting a dog to consider an older dog.

‘They are so full of character and are more likely to adjust in a new home if, like Jack, they have spent the majority of their life as part of a family.

‘Jack makes me so happy and seeing him happy is fantastic.’

Lockdown has led to an increased demand for dogs and puppies, with prices for popular breeds skyrocketing after the pandemic began.

In the nine months leading up to the end of this March, nearly 50% of people looking to adopt a dog from Dogs Trust were specifically looking for a hairy buddy under six months old, compared to just 5% looking for a dog aged 8 or over.

As such, Dogs Trust Darlington is urging those looking to adopt a dog to consider welcoming a senior citizen into their home.

Sue Embleton, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Darlington said: ‘In the last year so many people have wanted to welcome a puppy into their family, but just like Jack has proven, older dogs make fantastic companions too.

‘Currently around 20% of the dogs here at Dogs Trust Darlington that are ready to find their forever homes are over eight, and we would love to find them their perfect families.

‘Older dogs are often calmer and less energetic so although they may still be playful and enjoy a stroll in the park, hiking up hills may be a thing of the past for them, which suits some owners, young and not so young.

‘Also with an older dog, what you see is what you get both in terms of personality and size and although you can certainly teach an older dog new tricks, they usually know the training basics and have experienced many things in their lives, so as long as they have had positive experiences, they will take things in their stride.

‘Helping an older dog enjoy their autumnal years and giving them the chance to live their best life is incredibly rewarding.

‘Owners like Marjory always tell us that the feeling you get from seeing them safe, warm, happy and enjoying an afternoon snooze snuggled up on the sofa is something that can’t be beaten.’

If you want to help Dogs Trust care for old dogs while they look for new homes, you can donate via their website. If you want to learn more about caring for an older dog, Dogs Trust have more info.

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