Stella has a lovely dog residing with her. His name is Cooper. He is just a big old love. It is wonderful to bear witness to the fact that they stick together like glue and manage to take care of one-another albeit both are aging.
When Audrey was at my home for our anniversary celebration, it was evident just how much she loves dogs, too, in the way that she wanted to stroke my dog Q’s hair; talking to him as though he was the most important being in the room at the time. Audrey’s daughter confirmed that her mother always had dogs and that she always loved and cared for them.
Let’s face it, dogs have a special place in the human heart. For many elderly individuals, their dog is their only companion; the confidant. When it is not as possible to get out amongst friends and relatives, a dog can be the only outside influence in a senior’s life.
That is why the Lutheran Church Charities offers the services of their Comfort Dogs and other individuals train their dogs in the therapy sense so as to offer seniors a method of love that only dogs can offer. Just a few minute visit with a dog can have a calming effect that can last for hours.
If you truly love being a caregiver to seniors, you will look into all types of methods, knowing that With Age Comes Respect. Sometimes I am able to deliver that respect and sometimes I leave it to the likes of my Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier to do for me.