And if a person is worried about a decade long commitment, there are many older pets in shelters that desperately need homes. Many of them lost homes because of a death or having their person go into a nursing home. Many of them are well trained, too.Losing a pet is a heart breaking experience. As many other have said here, we do need to allow time to grieve. Many times the senior who loses a pet will be reluctant to find another pet. I would like to tell you about my aunt who refuse to get another pet because she was "too old."
My aunt mary was in her mid sixties when her dog of almost twenty years passed. She made a decision not to get another pet because she said she was "too old." She lived by herself and her children encouraged her to get another dog, but she would not. My aunt mary is now in her nineties and doing well. She could have had at least one more dog and maybe one more. She was never "too old."
There are many good pets in shelters that need a home and very willing to return that gift with abundant love and happiness. We never know when out time will come. Why not give a needy pet a home in the meantime?
My last dog was an older dog and was a wonderful, loving companion. A few months ago, after she passed, I adopted another older dog, my Henry, who was a bit over 7 when I adopted him. He is a great dog, already knew how to use a doggie door, and is very affectionate and grateful to have a warm bed to sleep in, food on a regular basis, and lots of tummy rubs. I don't know how I'd manage without him.