Why not an old dog? They are mellow. Usually housebroken. Not overly needy in the exercise department. Receptive to other animals.
Yes, they die. Sometimes in a couple months. Other times in several years. It’s sad, but we move on knowing we made their time better. (and they made our time better.)
We provide not just a home. We fatten them up or slim them down. We know how to clear up skin problems, aching joints and other maladies.