THE OLDER dog who is deserted -- the owner may move to a residence where pets are not allowed, for instance -- is often given to an animal shelter or, in the case of a purebred, to a breed rescue group. Either way, the older dog is cheated out of an old-age retirement with the only family and home it has ever known.
Shelters have a time limit for keeping animals, and the older dog is seldom adopted. Breed rescue groups will keep them as long as possible.
Being given up generally spells the end for an older dog.
It need not be that way. There are many prospective dog owners who don't know that they would be happier with a mature pet. They have the notion that they must raise their own puppy.
An older dog, age 5 and over, becomes a thankful and comfortable presence for a new owner. Given a week or two to get over some understandable nervousness, the older dog will become a settled and devoted friend to a loving owner. He will be content to sleep during the day if his owner is away and will wake up and play like a puppy when his owner comes home.
However, he won't demand to be played with every minute as a puppy might, he has already gone through the stage of chewing up everything in the house, and he's almost certain to be housebroken.
Two very beautiful older dogs that have come to the attention of Pausing With Pets are available for adoption.
Brandy is a beautiful reddish gold dog who is about age 7. She is a mix of collie, golden retriever and English setter.
Tasha is a purebred Siberian husky who will be 7 next month.
Their owner, 19-year-old Betsy Frazier, has been working desperately to place the dogs she has owned since they were young. ''My family is separated and they don't want them. And, I don't have a settled home where they could stay,'' she says.
After using several boarding kennels and interim lodgings, Frazier got help from the Maryland Anti-Vivisection Society and, thankfully, Brandy and Tasha are staying at the Tail End Kennels at 6217 Glen Falls Road in Reisterstown, where the society also has several other dogs being boarded until a home is found for them.
Brandy and Tasha are healthy and friendly with all ages.
Anyone who wants to meet Brandy and Tasha or any of the dogs at Tail End should call kennel manager Pat Ramsburg at 833-6767. Visiting hours are early afternoon to 4 p.m. on weekdays or Saturday.
Plan to attend the 54th obedience trials of the Dog Owners' Training Club on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. if you have a hankering to watch some perfectly trained dogs, 274 of them, all seeking one more step up in awards for obedience.
The trials will be in the 4-H Building, Timonium Fairgrounds. There will be classes for veterans; several braces, which is one trainer handling two dogs that move in unison, and teams in which four dogs and four handlers all move together. Admission is $2 general, $1 seniors and free under age 12 if accompanied by an adult.
For show details, call Thomas H. Stromer, show chairman, at 747-0486. Also, call Stromer for details of the club's tracking test and tracking dog-excellent test being held Saturday, May 4, at the Farmlands on Rt. 99 in Woodstock.