The pros are that you have lots of time for a pet but the cons are that when you’re getting on in years, you have to be careful about taking on 15-year commitments like a dog. Here are three major issues to consider.
> Your pet will live 15 to 18 years. Match that to your age and ask yourself honestly where you will be when your dog hits 12 and more. If you plan to move to a condo or retirement home that doesn’t accept dogs in a few years’ time, you can’t adopt a pet. It’s not on to abandon them.
> Ask yourself if you’ll still be bouncing about the way you are now in five years’ time. If the answer is no, then consider that five to seven is the age your pet is most active. So, consider adopting a dog that is already two or so years older. That way, you’ll be in sync.
> Even if you are very fit and could possibly live a good 20 years more, it’s just sensible to make plans for your pet’s care should the worst happen. Your pet is like a child, so comfort is the No.1 issue. Put the information in your will, and make sure family and friends are onboard.
Ideally, you make sure that the person who becomes “godparent” knows your pet and can give it the lifestyle it’s used to. It is cruel to simply dump a beloved dog on someone who simply sticks it in the garden and feeds it.