Best indoor small dog?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-14-2013
Best indoor small dog?
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Sun, 08-11-2013 - 9:07am

To make a long story short, my mother needs a new companion dog. She is 77 years old and still gets around quite well but doesn't get out walking. She needs a smaller dog to live indoors that she can baby and treat like a child. I am thinking it best if we get her something with shorter hair. Does anyone have any suggestions?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999
Sun, 08-11-2013 - 7:48pm

Go to the shelter and adopt an older small dog.  Seniors for seniors is a great match.   It will most likely be a mix.  You will want to meet with the dog and determine it's lapdog and cuddle potential.  Older chihuahua mixes and pug mixes are good.  Short hair, small, low energy, snuggly.  But just like people, dogs each have their own personality. 

How about a cat?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999
Sun, 08-11-2013 - 7:54pm

Example.  I walked this little girl around PetSmart for four hours yesterday.  Letty is a five-year-old chihuahua mix.  Just as sweet and calm as can be.  Little diva.  Would not potty on the dirty island in the parking lot.  Made me go to the one over by the office supply store so she wouldn't get her feet dirty.  She is a candidate for cute sweaters and little doggie dresses.  I bet she could be litter box trained.  You don't happen to be in the greeater-Dallas Metroplex, do you?  She is still available for adoption.

 Letty is so calm and sweet, would be a great lap dog. She's here at PetSmart and has passed all her assessment tests. Gives very gentle kisses too. 5 years old, so great age for older family.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-14-2013
Mon, 08-12-2013 - 8:57am

Seniors for seniors-how interesting. I hadn't thought of an older dog or the shelter. Are the dogs in the shelter likely to be healthy? I'm not a dog owner so I don't know anything about dogs. I will see if Mom wants to go to the animal shelter and see if she can connect to something.

Thank you!

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999
Mon, 08-12-2013 - 11:55am

Whether your shelter dog is healthy depends a lot on your shelter.  There are good ones, bad ones, and awful ones.  Our shelter has a full time vet and a vet tech on staff.  Spays and neuters are done onsite and included in the price of adoption.  All vaccines are administered.  Treatment for minor injuries and ailments is provided.

Upper respiratory infections and kennel cough are the two most common diseases shelter dogs come home with.  Antibiotics to treat these are inexpensive and effective.  You would want to take your newly-adopted pet to the vet of your choice within two or three days of leaving the shelter.

The adoption fee at our shelter is $100 for dogs, and that includes spay or neuter, microchip, vaccinations including rabies, city license, microchip, and 30-days health insurance..

And as a plus, you save two lives.  The dog you adopt, and the dog that is not put to sleep because the kennel space is now available for him.

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Mon, 08-12-2013 - 1:06pm

I totally agree about an older, shelter dog.  So many older dogs are overlooked because of their age....most people wants puppies.

In your dear mother's case a puppy would be a lot of work, but a wonderful senior shelter dog will be perfect.  The volunteers there can give you up to date information on any dog you are interested in...and as Gaye said, you would be saving two lives.

Good luck and please let us know what you decide.

Laura