November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. As someone who has hosted many shelter dogs as well as the "happily homed" at my house, I can tell you without hesitation that I am a HUGE fan of the older set.
Older pets can be ideal for many home situations but let me speak here to the more cerebral set...the work-at-home, way too much time on the computer and in-your-head folks:
If you keep thinking things like, "Ooooh, yeah...I doooo have a body. I should walk it sometimes..." why not consider adopting an older dog?
I love cats, but they like it when you don't move so they will only contribute to your overly sedentary ways. A dog though, needs to go OUT.
And So. Do. You.
(Yeah, I'm looking at you. I have special computer eyes. When is the last time you stretched? Go ahead and do it right now. I can wait...)
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Yeah, I know, you can't be watching a dog all the time. You have work to do. I get it. That's why we aren't talking about puppies. But an adult dog? Plenty of wonderful adult dogs end up in shelters through no fault of their own for reasons as varied as divorce, illness or loss of an owner, or financial hardship in a family. Puppies are super cute, sure, but mature dogs are every bit as endearing and often inhabit an important sweet spot:
Mature dogs are where you find the wonderful combo of "Sure I can chill out while you work" and "Ahem, have you seen the sun today? What's say you and I take a little stroll and check stuff out."
While it is not a dog's responsibility to make sure you look up from the screen once in a while, they sure do help! I actually don't have any pets of my own because my house is a near-perpetual parade of pet sitting guests and occasional shelter visitors. (No pets of my own means I never have to worry about compatibility.) Being one of the introverted, computer-using folks I'm talking about, I have had pet-free and pet-filled days.
I can tell you without hesitation that having a dog around is healthier for me and the middle-aged and seniors are ideal. They get me moving and also allow me to work.
So, on poet, on writer, on programmer and retiree...on artist and blogger and web designer and seamstress...accountants and editors and all who work remotely...get thee to the shelter and see who has been waiting there for you...
If life balance and companionship that fills your heart is something you have been missing in your life, a gentle sweetheart like 8 year old Teddi, adoptable through Anderson Animal Shelter, could surely help you achieve it. Why not go meet him?
You can contact the shelter at 847-697-2880 to learn more about Teddi or stop by and meet him in person. Anderson Animal Shelter is located at 1000 S. La Fox in South Elgin and open weekdays Noon - 7 PM and weekends 11 AM - 5 PM.
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