Senior Pups, Serious Love: Dorie, Cupid & Chloe Kardoggian

Monday, May 2, 2016

Adopted adult dogs give years of affection, without years of training

Chloe Kardoggian dog doption story for petsmart charitiesVisitors to Dorie Herman’s apartment in Jersey City are greeted by two excited pups—Cupid, a handsome blonde mix who loves barking hello, and Chloe Kardoggian, a chocolate Chihuahua weighing four pounds with two teeth and one very long tongue. Both are stars on Instagram and used to being fussed over, but from their excitement, it’s hard to believe they qualify as senior dogs.  

“The people at the shelter where I adopted Cupid told me he was around 11 years old,” Dorie says, “but my vet said he’s more between 6 and 8. Chloe will be 12 in May. I specifically looked for adults and seniors—they make great pets.”

They’re not just older, they’re easier

While puppies are usually the first to be adopted from shelters, Dorie is a big fan of adult dogs. Her Cocker Spaniel Boston was also an adult when Dorie adopted him. “There was no chewing on everything, the way puppies do,” she says. “He’d already been trained, so no piddle pads around the house. I was working a ton at the time, and he was much easier for me.”

Though Boston was a special needs dog with health issues, he and Dorie had ten wonderful years together. “After he passed away, home wasn’t a home without a dog,” she says. When she started looking for a new friend, she specifically wanted an adult. “People think 6 or more is old, but I know a dog that’s 19 years old.”

Looking for a new love

Dorie filled out a shelter application for a small senior dog, preferably a Chihuahua. Coincidentally, the next day a friend posted a Facebook picture of Chloe, a small senior Chihuahua who needed a home after her owner moved to a healthcare facility.

Their meeting wasn’t exactly love at first sight. “Chloe had been with her owner for nine years, then bounced between family members,” Dorie recalls. It’s something to know about adopting seniors: many have come from longstanding homes, and the change in family and environment can make them shy. Not for long, though. “Chloe loves people,” Dorie says, “And she’s so easy, I wanted another.”

Chloe Kardoggian dog doption story for petsmart charitiesDorie’s next adoption, Cupid, was listed on Susie’s Senior Dogs, an online rescue group. “I saw his picture and thought, ‘That’s my dog!’” Dorie says. Cupid had accidents for the first two days when he was feeling out his new home, she recalls, “but not once since then.” The new addition created balance; where Chloe is quiet and independent, Cupid has boundless energy. “Before, I was a person with a dog,” Dorie says. “Now, we’re a family. Adopting seniors is the best thing I’ve ever done. There may be challenging times, but animal adoption is the one thing you’ll never ever regret.”

More on amazing senior pets:

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