Right now I am looking for a dog. Not just any dog but a German Sheppard. There is a little problem though. I am a senior citizen. Apparently I don’t look like I can handle a dog like this.
I had planned to go to the SPCA and pick up a young German Sheppard. I used to drop in to check regularly. The last time I dropped in, there was a 10-month-old Sheppard Cross out in the exercise area having a ball thrown for him. I asked to speak with the manager to discuss possibly adopting him.
She came out and took one look at me and said “Was I aware that these dogs need a lot of exercises?” I wanted to say “Well Duh!”, but I was polite and said yes I was aware of this.
I said that I usually run for an hour 3 times a week and walk for an hour and a half 3 times a week. I told her I had just finished a Half Marathon. While I am older, my vision isn’t gone and I know that I don’t look like an athlete.
I don’t think she believed me because next, she said that these dogs need to be busy and I would need to take them to classes. I agreed and said I was prepared to do this. She said I would need special classes to teach these dogs to search, not just obey.
I realized at that point that I would not be receiving this dog. She was rather plump and couldn’t run a 5 km never mind a 21.2 km race. She most likely couldn’t believe I was as active as I said. I only hope someone did adopt him.
I have always believed that a dog needs to be fed well, exercised often and loved. My husband and I could do that. We will continue to look.
There is something about having a pet, especially a dog that brings a smile to your face. Some people, particularly seniors, tend to have their circle become smaller as they age. They will go out less and less. Having a dog, even a little one, will force you to go out and there is the possibility of socializing with people around you.
I met a lady about 2 years ago when I was out running. She was walking ahead of me with 2 little girl pugs. I knew this because we used to own pugs and they have a very distinctive walk from the back end.
I caught up with her and introduced myself and we have been friends ever since. Her 2 girls are called Honey and Trouble. We invited her and her girls to dinner and during the course of the evening, she said that she had moved into the neighborhood and bought a single family house. She needed room for her quilting, painting, and a large backyard for her garden.
She said she had always had pugs her entire life and was worried that maybe she was too old for another two pug puppies. You know, at her age, eighty!
It was a good thing that we were sitting down as we were shocked she could be that old. That was 2 years ago. She is going strong walking those two pugs 3 times a day at a good clip.
Does she look good because she has dogs, or is she just one of those women that naturally looks good? I don’t know but every time we see those 2 pugs it brings a smile to our faces.
I look forward to when I can get myself a dog. Until then I will continue to dog sit for friends and appreciate the dogs around me.
So, is this something you can do? This is something to consider as you age. Maybe you want a little dog, just to walk to the post box and back with you. A lot of times we downsize and have a tiny back patio and a small dog is perfect. Think about it. Your soulmate may be waiting for you.