Love never grows old. Experience the love of an older dog and adopt! Your life will be enriched in the most unexpected and wonderful ways!
Maybe it's my own old bones talking, but I care a lot about senior dogs. At first, I thought my feelings were due to having my own old dog at home but she passed away almost two years ago. Then I thought it was because of my own rapidly aging parents, and watching their approach to life. But with all of them gone now my caring about old dogs hasn't diminished at all, in fact I care even more!
Why Caring For Old Dogs Matter
When I spend time with an old dog, my empathy for their lumps and bumps is real. If I see one dealing with poor vision, I find myself cleaning my smudged glasses in solidarity. Take an old dog for a walk, and savor their slow and measured pace. It's the perfect balm to impatience.
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When an old dog smiles with joy it feels like you just won a special prize. If one is feeling grouchy because of an ache, you'll find out fast. Old dogs are very present with their emotions. Spending time with them each week, I benefit from these mini-lessons and go home a better person.
When we care about, and for, old dogs, our lives are enriched as much as theirs. It's that simple.
Wherever you are, wherever you travel, around the block, or across the world, be kind to animals. Your heart will thank you, and if you're like me, you get a sweet puppy kiss from an Anatolian Shepherd in the Turkish countryside. Now that's my kind of Turkish Delight!!
The first week of May is Be Kind to Animals Week.
When an artist is a dog lover they never seem to fail to capture the essence of our relationship in their painting or illustration. Behold this beautiful and peaceful image from, My Favorite Things, a book by Maira Kalman. Can't you feel how relaxed these two are on the grass, sharing a special quietude? It brings to mind my memories of similar moments with my dog on our living room rugs.
If you want to know what pure love feels like, live with a senior dog. If you want to experience the friendship that Oscar and Felix from the Odd Couple had, live with a senior dog. If your idea of a best friend is the unquestioning companionship of a golden girl like this one here, then you have begun to understand what's special about loving an old dog.
Joan Rivers is quoted as saying, "Dogs are easier to love than people" and for many of us this is the truth.
Dogs don't judge us. They will often willingly go the extra mile to make us happy or laugh. Dogs are the friends who stand by you through thick and thin.
Play with your old dog too! With a senior dog, if they are like our Cleo, play time means short bursts of cuddles, head bumps and belly rubs. We also "race" down the hall with the winner getting a treat and bragging rights!
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Kids leaving the house this year? Feeling a little lonely? Consider adopting or fostering an older dog from your local rescue or humane society.
You'll both feel great, the companionship will cure the blues, and a dog won't fight you over the remote...
This is the beginning of Milan Kundera's longer verse...and speaks to our love for dogs and the human-animal bond.
Dogs enhance our lives. They enhance our social network which is important to our emotional well-being. They make us more outgoing, feel better about ourselves and they help us fight loneliness.
Give Fearlessly. Influence Positively.
If they're anything like Cleo, it must be sugar and spice, and all things nice - with a dash of fluff.