There are more dogs available than there are families to adopt them. Many times older or less active dogs are left to languish in shelters. These pets are ideal for senior citizens who are older and less active themselves. This is a mutually beneficial relationship. Senior citizens get the benefit of caring for a loving creature, which in turn, encourages them to take better care for themselves. Dogs make wonderful, expressive companions to keep seniors company. Dogs need daily exercise. Thus senior citizens with a dog will need to get out and exercise a little themselves. If you are a senior citizen, take care to select a well-behaved dog that you can handle. Take in account size, age and temperament. Examine your living conditions to be sure a dog can fit into your home and your lifestyle. Learn more from your local Riverside County, CA veterinary clinic.