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Wine and Pets Improve with Age

November 7th, 2012 at Wed, 7th, 2012 at 1:12 pm by Diane Rich
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:November 7, 2012Are you ready for a mature relationship? Adopt a senior pet at Seattle Humane Society and find out for yourself why senior pets are the best! All month long, adoption fees are waived on cats 7 years and older (normally $25), and dogs 7 years and older are $50 (normally $199-275, training not included).At some shelters, dogs and cats over the age of three are not considered “adoptable,” but at the Seattle Humane Society, we know that older pets make amazing companions. Just ask Kaarin, who recently adopted Nicolette, an 11-year-old Australian Shepherd mix. Kaarin is a widow whose dog had passed away. When she saw Nicolette at, her heart went out to this senior pup who found herself homeless in her golden years. She decided to adopt Nicolette and give her a loving home. In less than 24 hours, Kaarin wrote to Seattle Humane to say that Nicolette was enjoying naps stretched across her feet, happy to be part of a family.

Top 5 Reasons to Adopt a Mature Pet:
You know exactly who you are adopting because his or her personality is formed Plus, these great dogs and cats tend to have just the right level of playfulness for busy families.
Most mature pets have already learned many of life’s lessons –including potty lessons!
Older companion animals seem to acclimate more quickly to new settings.
Many of our adopters say that senior dogs and cats really seem to appreciate it when they are adopted and bond to their new family more readily than younger ones.
With older pets, you don’t have to spend time teaching them all the basics – they already know them! Instead, have fun teaching them new tricks!

Visit the Seattle Humane Society at 13212 SE Eastgate Way in Bellevue to meet your perfect pet today or see our adoptable pets online at

Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC

I have been training dogs and their people for over 25 years. I work with pups from 7 weeks old to senior plus dogs and offer basic obedience to advanced off leash training both privately and group classes. Other services include behavior consultations to help both ends of the leash with everything from aggression, puppy/dog manners and public manners to separation anxiety. As a "real world" dog trainer, I take training out of the classroom or home when both the pet and family are ready, and take training to the street. I also offer pet therapy training classes preparing both the handler and dog for their therapy test and future service as a therapy team. I also coordinate several pet therapy programs in the Seattle area. My complete bio, description of services, class dates and on line class registration is listed on my website at

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