Quiet. Solitude. Restorative. Peace. Serenity. These feelings can be experienced by a person after time spent with an older dog. The cost? You have to slow down, close your mouth, and open your heart. Being willing to sit still longer than a minute or stay in a bed an extra thirty is also appreciated. A price some people may struggle with paying but I’m here to tell you that you will get what you pay for. If you can, try and look at it as an investment, a long term investment in yourself, and a short term investment in a dog.
Some of us have a harder time than others dealing with the daily negativity online and on television. We get depressed from the high stress level, and would prefer an alternative to drinking a bottle of wine, or spending five hours on a treadmill trying to restore our positive outlook with a few endorphins.
You know what we found is a good alternative? Investing in a senior dog!
Senior dogs epitomize endurance.
Your moment of zen can be found with a senior dog.
Have you heard the James Taylor song, Up on the Roof? It has been a favorite of mine since I was a teenager. This is how it begins,
“When this old world starts a getting me down
And people are just too much for me to face
I'll climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space
On the roof, it's peaceful as can be
And there the world below don't bother me, no, no”
Instead of going up on a roof these days, I turn to dogs. Rather than hiding to avoid distressing news, I seek solace with the senior dogs at Muttville and for a few hours my cares drift right into space.
Exchange your stress for the happiness hormone.
I look forward to adopting another dog in the future, but until then, my investment in senior dogs continues to pay dividends. If walking at a slower pace allows me to add a little peace to my day, I’m all for it. If sharing some quality time with a warm old canine body lowers my blood pressure, where do I sign up?
Maybe it’s a sign of my age but these days I’m also feeling like I have a lot more in common with a senior dog than ever before, and I like feeling this connection to another living being. The calming bond feels good and there is always one sugar face at Muttville who inspires me to look up after my shift is over. I spend the rest of the day looking at the expressions of the dogs I took pictures of and meditate over their personalities and responses to their current adoption status. It’s amazing how this reorients my outlook.
Why invest in a senior dog? To put it simply, Sláinte!
NOVEMBER IS ADOPT A SENIOR DOG MONTH