Adopt an Oldie!
Wowsers! When I read that headline I thought GREAT – maybe Angelina Jolie has a spare room for me… or maybe Hugh Jackman, wouldn’t turn down being adopted by him either… Hmmm, always wanted to go to New Zealand, maybe someone from down there would offer a slightly soiled but in full working condition oldie like myself a good home with some warm chow.
It was only when I got to the word ´dog´ that it slowly started to dawn on me that I did not qualify – I have pretty good self-esteem you see. But the site I had found has an important message, many older animals are in desperate need of good loving homes as the website http://www.oldies.org.uk/category/adopt-an-oldie shows.
You might think ´I´m too old´ but hey, so are are they! And walkies and bit of love won’t hurt you either. My oldie Jack (13 years and going strong!) has a long list of daily duties for his humans, so I asked him to contribute to this article.Jack´s list of duties:
• I heard my people say that laughter is the best medicine, so one of my key duties is to make sure that they laugh out loud at least once a day.
• To lower their blood pressure and relax them I give all three of them plenty of opportunity of lap time
• It has taken my pack a long time to understand the importance of quality together time, just relaxing all bundled on a sofa after a good big meal and a rewarding burp.
• So as you see, I have my work cut out for me but it’s not all tough, I get pretty good chow with treats every once in a while, and I can tell my pack really values my hard work and long hours. And when I see their happy faces I know I´m doing a good job and that´s a reward in itself.Would you love to have a dog again but don´t feel up to the full responsibility anymore?
Shared care might be the ideal solution. Are you fit and able but can´t house a dog? You can contact your local vet or animal shelter and volunteer your services to help working people care for their animals. Or would you love to have a pet live with you, but are unable to take it on longer walks? Enquire in your neighbourhood, is there someone who would love to have a dog, but for whatever reason can´t give one a home? You might find that one person can´t be all things to all dogs – but two people might be a match made in heaven for a dog looking for a home.
Some ideas if you love dogs but are not sure you up to having your own anymore:
Shared care for dogs: like a dating website, where owners can post for someone to help care for their dogs.
USA and Canada:http://www.citydogshare.org/ and https://www.letsjoinpaws.org/
Sylvia, July 2017