Benefits of Owning a Pet

For many women in the community, the benefits of owning a pet after 60 outweigh the costs. Find out how owning a cat or a dog could help you to get in better shape, make friends and even live longer.

2 weeks ago

5 Ways to Help Your Grandchildren Recover from Losing a Pet

There are many ways that you can support your grandchild with pet loss. Your grandchild may look to you to help them through their feelings of grief and mourning, to help them understand that death is normal. These five tips…

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1 month ago

What Can Our Dogs Teach Us About Positive Aging?

Life lessons come in all sizes, and often life’s teachers are from unlikely places. In particular, our animal friends, both domestic and wild, have a lot to teach us. The lessons of aging are no exception…

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1 month ago

Understanding and Surviving the 7 Stages of Pet Loss Grief

If you are feeling a little raw or unsure with your emotions from the impending loss or the loss of your pet, keep in mind that what you are feeling is normal…

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4 months ago

Life Lessons from an 8-Year-Old Cat

Burt is an anxiety ridden cat. He didn’t start out that way. He was a small puff of gray fur that cuddled into my warm embrace. I remember his little cat body jumping on my son’s vinyl record player and taking a spin round and round.

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4 months ago

Losing a Pet After 60 is Especially Hard. Here’s How to Recover

As a woman over 60, having a pet in your life can give you boundless love and happiness. You probably don’t need anyone telling you that the love you have for your pet is the boundless. Yet, you can be devastated when you learn they have a terminal illness or have reached the end of their life…

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9 months ago

Pet Loss Is Complicated! 3 Overwhelming Emotions We Feel and How to Deal with Them

Dealing with complicated pet loss grief is very challenging to a pet lover. Have you ever experienced the loss of a pet that ran away? Did this pet ever come home? Are you suffering from the pain of not knowing what happened to them?

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12 months ago

Puppy Love: How Adopting a Dog Can Bring Joy to Women Over 60

“I said I’d take a dog, but I’m not sure I want that one.” “He’s a real sweetheart,” Brittany, a staff member, assured me. He was big with the smushed-in face of a bulldog, but the height of a boxer. He had a barrel chest, and his front legs were shorter than the back ones…

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1 year ago

A Dog Is a Senior’s Best Friend

Our American bulldog, Mango died of cancer this week. In my moments of grief, I am writing this blog to honor her memory. Mango came into my life nine years ago when I was retired after my son had adopted her as a puppy and realized he could not keep…

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1 year ago

How to Deal with the Grief of the Loss of a Pet After 60

Coping with the loss of a pet is incredibly difficult at any age. As you probably already know, it doesn’t matter if you are six or 60 – the raw emotions of pet loss can make you feel alone, angry or even numb. As older adults dealing with the loss…

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1 year ago

Pandemic Pet Behavior: Are Your Pets Acting Strangely?

Kismet is lying on my feet. Since the pandemic, that is her favorite place to be while I write. My study is the warmest room in the house, and for most of her 10 years of life my companion Border Collie has spent the daylight hours

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