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hi all
i would greatly appreciate some advice
i am in my mid sixties,disabled,live on my own and would dearly love to foster/adopt a dog
i have a large fenced back yard but am unable to physically walk a dog(can walk 10 metres max unaided)
this is not something i am taking lightly and have thought about fostering/adopting for some years
not a day goes by when i do not watch at least a half dozen youtube dodo type vids and am heartbroken at the way some people treat their animals and thrilled at the love others can give
i too am willing to give all my love to a dog but worry my lack of mobility and inexperience will put people off allowing me to do this

would appreciate your thoughts!
 

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I think it's very feasible but you would want to work with an agreeable rescue to find a dog that's just right for you. You need a lower-energy dog that is going to be content with less movement, and one that will stick to you like velcro and not be trying to run off. I absolutely would not get a puppy or adolescent. If you are open to adopting a senior I could see a little senior lapdog being a great fit.
 

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hi all
i would greatly appreciate some advice
i am in my mid sixties,disabled,live on my own and would dearly love to foster/adopt a dog
i have a large fenced back yard but am unable to physically walk a dog(can walk 10 metres max unaided)
this is not something i am taking lightly and have thought about fostering/adopting for some years
not a day goes by when i do not watch at least a half dozen youtube dodo type vids and am heartbroken at the way some people treat their animals and thrilled at the love others can give
i too am willing to give all my love to a dog but worry my lack of mobility and inexperience will put people off allowing me to do this

would appreciate your thoughts!
Go for it. Don't let anyone deter you or tell you otherwise, we only live once...
 

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thanks for the positive feedback.i just emailed a local rescue and will let you know the outcome

fingers crossed!
 

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Have you considered finding or hiring a dog walker-someone that could take your dog for a walk once a day? This is just an option for you, I think a little senior lap dog could be a good fit for you too. I know how it feels to watch dog videos all day. I hope you find what you are looking for. At least with a rescue organization, they can find a dog fit to you.
 

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With the right match, people with mobility issues can own dogs. As long as you are able to let them out to potty and feed them, they will be fine!

There are many senior dogs who need homes who are generally lap dogs and need little exercise, but it's important to remember that senior dogs have senior issues and may require additional vet care that may become expensive.

There are also adult dogs who naturally need little exercise and are very mellow, content to sit in your lap.

Most important thing is to work with a reputable rescue who is good at matching dogs with appropriate owners.
 
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