One of the benefits of volunteering every week at a senior dog rescue is that I am never without an old friend to visit with, and it feels pretty great. Each dog there offers me something. Look at Henry, this blend of Basset Hound and happiness. Imagine what conversations you'd have together!
You can't make old friends, but you can adopt one.
Whatever our age, there are times when we need someone to bounce ideas, or share deeply personal thoughts. Who says that 'someone' can't be a dog?
I have all kinds of conversations with the different dogs I meet. It's very satisfying. I love how each has their own way of responding. I might get a wag, a bark or an attempt to climb into my lap. It's a real treat when a dog offers me a little kiss!
What's wonderful about having a dog as a friend is that their positive influence is never-ending, and it never goes away even when they leave us.
My beloved dog passed on almost three years ago but thanks to our time together, and many conversations, I discovered Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.
I've been getting up at six once a week for a year now. Helping care for the furry oldsters first thing in the morning always makes the day, and my life, a little brighter. I've appreciated their friendship and ability to always make me feel good.
Look back up at Henry again. Have you thought about what it means to have an old friend?