** NOBODY LOVES ME, I AM OLD (誰來愛我 - 垂暮之犬) **

Nobody Loves Me, I Am Old

By Rosina Maria Arquati

– In Magazine “Pewprint Magazine”, Year 2002

For humans as well as for animals, getting old is a time when no one wants them unless they have a loving family. You are no longer that cute young and bouncy dog. And maybe your doggie looks have gone, your coat may not look like it used to, you may not have many teeth, and, as for your legs, well, they may not be the best in town. But there still is life in the old dog yet.

Each year hundreds of old dogs are abandoned because they are just old and no longer cute puppies. Adopting dogs and other animals in their golden years (older animals) has advantages. If you are only in Hong Kong for a limited time, or are uncertain as to how long, then adopting an older dog can be ideal as it will give you a faithful companion, and you have given a few more years to an old dog’s life.

Older animals do not need as much exercise as a young dog, which means long walks are not necessary; and, because they sleep more, they are often a lot quieter than younger dogs, which can make them better in flats and for working owners.

With older dogs, their characters have formed, so you know the temperament of the dog when you get him or her. Going to the vet is mainly for the yearly check-up and routine vaccinations and triennial licensing. On the whole, older dogs can be a lot healthier as they have usually got over the problem stage of high susceptibility to puppy infections. Regular trips to the doggie groomers for a wash and blow-dry make them feel and look good. As with puppies, some may need a special diet, but most pet food companies have them readily available, so that is no problem. House-training can often be a lot easier than training a puppy. It is usually a matter of showing the dog the position of his new toilet; it may take a little time but they soon get it.

Cataracts (clouds lenses in older dogs which blur vision) are fairly easy to handle: you just don’t move the furniture around, and, if you occasionally do, you let your dog know by walking him/her around the new positions of the furniture.

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YES

Old Dogs Can Love New Owners

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誰來愛我 垂暮之犬

此於 Rosina Maria Arquati

– 在2002年度,海外雜誌 “Pewprint Magazine”

如同人類一樣,當動物開始步入垂暮之年,而又得不到主人的關懷與注視,便會感到自己被人忽略、是多餘的。雖然一頭垂暮之犬不再如小狗般可愛、年輕又充滿生氣,身上的披毛失去了昔日的光澤,牙齒亦一顆一顆慢慢地脫落,力氣當然亦大不如前;但牠擁有的卻是無比的生命力及無盡的愛。

每年,有數以百計的狗隻因年華漸去而遭主人遺棄,但領養一頭年紀較大的狗隻或其他動物其實卻有不少好處。

如果您只是在香港停留一段時間,不會在港定居,領養一頭年長的狗隻便是個理想的選擇,因為您不僅能夠得到一位真摯的好伙伴,亦同時為這頭狗隻送上珍貴的愛護與關懷。

與年輕的狗隻相比,年長的狗隻所需的運動量會較少,因此出外散步的時間亦較短。而且,牠們需要較多的睡眠時間,所以會較為安靜,適合居住在多層樓宇或需要外出工作的人士。年長的狗隻已經發展出一套獨有的個性,讓主人能夠易於理解牠們的脾性。

由於年長的狗隻已經建立起一套健全的防疫系统,比年幼的動物較為健康,患病的機會亦相對地調低了。定期安排牠們洗澡及美容,亦能夠保持狗隻身心舒暢。年老的狗隻需要吸收特定的營養物質,而市面上能夠購買到的狗糧一般都能提供牠們所需的營養。

排便安排對年長的狗隻來說並不是一個大問題,您只要向牠明確地指示出正確的排便位置,牠很快便會自動自覺地走到指定的地方排便。而由於患上白內障所引起的視力衰退問題亦不難處理,您只需牽著牠在屋內四處逛逛,讓他記著傢具的擺放位置及日常走動的路線,便習刻服視力的缺憾了。

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請緊記,只要有耐性,一頭垂暮之犬亦可全心愛上牠的新主人!

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