Old dogs learning new tricks at PAWS

They say you can't teach old dogs new tricks, but try telling that to the pooches at PAWS.

From “sit” to “roll over”, a group of elderly dogs have brushed up on their skills in an attempt to dazzle potential owners as part of “senior dog adoption month.”

“Some people overlook older dogs because they want a cute puppy, but puppies require constant attention, walking and you need to train them,” said Laurie Lawless, canine adoption coordinator at PAWS. “Adopting an older dog means half the maintenance and it gives them that second chance that they ordinarily wouldn't have.”

In an effort to shine a light on the pups, PAWS hosted a first ever “senior dog talent show” on Jan. 5, where one lucky dog named Morgan was adopted.

“Spending their last years in a kennel isn't exactly ideal for them, so we would like for them to find permanent homes,” Lawless said.

One of the elderly dogs, Bailey, is a spunky 7-year-old Labrador Retriever who was dropped off at PAWS two years ago by his owner.

Having spent the majority of his life tied to a tree in his former owner's backyard, Lawless said Bailey is very friendly, but isn't good around other animals.

“He's a good boy,” Lawless said as she gently petted Bailey's head. “I would like him to find a home with a fenced-in backyard because of his past. He's a perfect gentleman.”

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