A little known secret in the medical and canine community is that older dogs have super powers. Yep, senior dogs have the power to heal you, to make you feel tremendous!
If you've never experienced life around an older dog, you might be skeptical of these claims, but hear me out. I am speaking from recent experiences with senior dogs, not just remembering my life with my old dog.
Look at this image above, and tell me you can't imagine how it must feel to get that many close snuggles at one time. Not frantic puppy love, but slow and steady warmth.
What many people don't know is that because of their many years of life, older dogs have developed concentrated levels of love hormones. Imagine the spark you get from the static electricity discharging from a towel fresh out of a hot dryer.
Older dogs have a tremendous little known ability
When an older dog climbs into your lap, or gets up next to you and snuggles in tight against your side on a couch, you feel those lovely hormones discharge from the dog over to you.
My theory is that when people talk about sensing "gratitude" from senior dogs, the gratitude is the dog being glad to offer you some of their love stockpile. That feeling of relief to pass along their extra love to you is why they sigh, and sometimes smack their lips in satisfaction a little.
Don't believe me? I dare you to seek out an older dog this year and do your own experiments, then get back to me with your results! I'd love to hear your story.
Results may vary, but you could feel remarkably better - even tremendous - in any or all of these five areas in less than a week:
- Your anxiety levels diminish
- Your ability to concentrate increases
- Your blood pressure lowers
- Your resting heart rate slows
- A sense of calm envelopes you, lingering long after the dog has gotten up for some reason.
If you're feeling blue, or dealing with any of these symptoms listed above, I encourage you to seek out a senior dog, go to your local shelter and search for an older pup.
From my experiences spending hours each week volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, older dogs are the secret to good health. I may be tired after the end of my shift, but I feel TREMENDOUS.
- Sharon Castellanos