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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.

A Dog Is a Senior’s Best Friend
1 month 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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How to Deal with the Grief of the Loss of a Pet After 60
2 months 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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Pandemic Pet Behavior: Are Your Pets Acting Strangely?
5 months 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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Pandemic Puppy Wisdom: Lessons from an Unexpected Source
6 months ago

Pandemic Puppy Wisdom: Lessons from an Unexpected Source

By  •  Mindset

We knew what bringing home a puppy means because we’d done it before. (And that time we had brought home two!) We had no illusions: puppies are a lot of work, they demand most of your time, it won’t be easy…
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Lassie: The Puppy I Should Have Gotten Years Ago!
7 months ago

Lassie: The Puppy I Should Have Gotten Years Ago!

Recovering after a surgery, the doctor said the best thing I could do was get up and walk. I started walking way back when I quit smoking, mostly to keep the weight off. I enjoyed walking with my buddies in my old…
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6 Ways Adopting a Pet Can Improve Your Live as an Older Woman
8 months ago

6 Ways Adopting a Pet Can Improve Your Live as an Older Woman

I’ve always loved dogs, but allergies in the household kept me from having one. After a painful divorce 18 years ago, I decided to buy a little non-shedding poodle/terrier. On the way home from the pet store I tried out a raft of names…
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7 Things to Include When Creating a Pet Loss Memorial
9 months ago

7 Things to Include When Creating a Pet Loss Memorial

A memorial video can be a wonderful and moving way to pay lasting tribute to your pet. The realization your pet is no longer with you can be challenging and difficult.

In fact, you might even fear that your memory of them will fade away. Read More

What Are the Health Benefits of Owning a Pet Over 60?
10 months ago

What Are the Health Benefits of Owning a Pet Over 60?

The unique bond between human and animal can be incredibly strong, and while we take care of our pets, they often take care of us too! Pets are comfort us when we’re sad, keep us company when we’re lonely, and love us unconditionally…
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How Pets Can Benefit Older People’s Mental and Physical Health
11 months ago

How Pets Can Benefit Older People’s Mental and Physical Health

Are you thinking about getting a pet? Do you share your home with a furry friend already? Aside from being cute and furry (or feathery), pets can bring a lot more than we think to our lives, especially as we get older…
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Attention Pet Lovers: A Dog Can Make You Happier – and Healthier!
12 months ago

Attention Pet Lovers: A Dog Can Make You Happier – and Healthier!

I have a new puppy, and little Sally is keeping me on my toes. Libby, my small poodle/terrier, was a stellar companion for 17 years – my kayak buddy, canoe tripper, and enthusiastic hiker. When I swam down the lake…
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