I can’t tell you how many times I hear people of all ages say, ‘Well, this is my last pet. It is just too hard to lose them.’ Does this mean that they would rather be all alone and loveless, too? I believe that it is ‘Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all!’
I lost a dog when I moved to Chicago in 1990. It took me about 15 years, but I realized that life was just too lonely without the love of a canine. I just pray that families that have senior citizens realize how truly unique the bond is between a canine and a human and that they are willing to share that love with their older family members! Not only is the relationship good emotionally, but tests have proven that the physical and mental aspects are just as great; overall health seems to improve in with a dog around!
That is why many therapy dogs are taken into nursing homes and Alzheimer’s facilities. The dog’s presence just makes everyone calmer; more subdued. Smiles increase and many times laughter rings throughout.
Dogs just seem to know that With Age Comes Respect. It is just too bad that more human beings don’t realize it before it is too late! To have a dog and to hold it means unconditional love for at least those few moments. Don’t you want to give that type of love away?