WRAP has no upper age limit on Whippets it accepts for placement. Many of the dogs we take in are past their prime, and some are quite elderly. Rescuers who accept these dogs know they may not be able to place them, and indeed the seniors often spend their last years in foster care. If you have the resources to adopt one of these old folks, please let your closest rescuer know.
Old dogs are a joy and old Whippets a delight. Yes, it's a bittersweet time -- you know your old one won't be with you long enough -- but any owner of a senior Whippet will tell you that it's worth it. An older Whippet has settled down and doesn't need the exercise he once did. His prey drive has faded a bit and he can't catch the squirrels he did a few years ago. He's small and unobtrusive and quiet. He's not destructive, he's already housebroken, and most of all, he knows the ropes of living peacefully with humans.
The old folks are wiser. Your senior girl doesn't get so excited about company, though she still appreciates the extra attention guests bring. She'll sleep in a sunbeam for most of the morning and is content to lie on the couch for the afternoon. Her walks are slower and she'll allow you to stop to smell the roses along the way. She accepts your love with a dignity not usually seen in the younger whipper-snapper.
Who should consider an old rescue dog?