To have and to hold

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?

Dog sunny Day Afternoon

Dog sunny Day Afternoon (Photo credit: allert)


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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