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5 Great Reasons Why Time With a Senior Dog Makes Us Healthier!

Time spent with older dogs can be the best antidote for whatever is ailing you. Each time I walk out of the Muttville doggy loft, I feel better about myself, healthier in mind and body.

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Have you wondered what makes older dogs special, why I believe they rule? Read on for five great reasons why spending time with senior dogs can result in a healthier you!!

 

  1. Focus: You can’t think about whatever is happening at home or elsewhere. While you are in the doggy loft, it’s all about the dogs and their needs — call it, a healthy distraction. You can’t stay inside your own head when surrounded by dogs.
  2. Perspective: Seeing the aging process acted out in the life of a dog can be humbling. Here is a sentient being, with all the aches and pains of life lived, making the best of what’s in front of them.
  3. Mood Boost: Older dogs have a way of zeroing in on your current mood, and lifting it! A dog may quietly walk up to you and stare until you offer a pet. Another may sense you need them to bark out a request for a walk or playtime. Both dogs effectively counter whatever was dragging your mood down.
  4. Restorative: Something surprising is how an older dog can still make you feel protected. Whether shielding you from danger, or reminding you simply how it feels to have a loyal and fierce friend by your side. 
  5. Encouragement: Older dogs don’t carry magic wands, nor pom poms, but they have the ability to make you believe in yourself, to encourage you to be a better person. You feel capable of being more, of doing more.

After a shift volunteering with the sugar faces at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, I often let out a big sigh, similar to the big exhale after a yoga session. It’s a release of built up tension, of internal clouds. 

More than ever, it is up to us to be our own advocate for our health. I can honestly say that after the time I have spent with my own older dog, and now dozens of senior dogs at Muttville, I have experienced all five of these results. I’m hooked on the feelings, and eagerly await my next experience with these sweet mutts.

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If you know or have an older dog in your life, take a look at these and tell us in the comments if you’ve experienced any of these results. No dog? Search your area for sanctuaries and rescues focused on older dogs, or head to your local shelter. 

- Sharon Castellanos

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