Getting old? Get a dog!

Yet another wonderful reason to grow old with a dog or two!

Despite the fact that we rarely take our dogs for a walk, in the full meaning of the word, they still receive much exercise. For the straightforward reason that we are fortunate to have sufficient room around the house for the dogs to take themselves for a walk.

So when I first read a recent essay on Mother Nature Network about the benefits of people walking their dogs as they age my first reaction was not to read it too carefully! Thankfully, the article supported the benefits of having dogs as we age whether or not they are taken for walks. Read it for yourself.

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Dogs are the key to staying active as we age

People who walk their dogs tend to get more exercise, especially in winter, study finds.

Mary Jo DiLonardo    July 24, 2017

29 thoughts on “Getting old? Get a dog!

  1. Dogs walking is such a fun way to exercise. Even on the gloomiest days, a dog has such enthusiasm to be out in nature.

    One of our pet sitting projects last year involved looking after an adorable, but quite fat blue Spaniel. A picture of him is the title photo on my new blog http://existentialbytes.WordPress.com , ‘It’s in Here Somewhere

    This lovely dog, a rescue by his doting guardians, had not been overfed. Rather, the guardians were elderly and beset by physical limitations that did not allow them to take their dog for a walk for two reasons. He was terrible and untrained on a lead, and he seemed to have cloth ears when/if let out on a run on his own (they lived in a fairly remote area in Spain away from any traffic).
    I found that just two walks per day of about 11/2 hrs each, were enough to bring his weight under control in the six weeks we had to be his surrogate carers. But the added benefit was seeing how much benefit it was to him emotionally too…he became less clingy, and more secure in himself. It was lovely to see him behave more like a dog and less like a naughty child trying constantly to ‘please us’ with lip licking, and face licks every time we moved (insecurity).
    Dog walking is a shared joy if you allow your dog to stop to sniff and put their scent on the walking territory… Just watch the happiness on their face and yours will light up too.😄

    1. Yes, that’s a good point. We have a vegetable garden but my digging days won’t return until the rains do for the ground is just too hard for me at present.

  2. Yes, great idea which we heartily agree with. But we didn’t plan on another 6 week old puppy – yikes! And yet he is a joy and light in our lives right now, especially since losing our 16 year old Lab Chudleigh ‘unexpectedly’ yesterday. I’ve been away from home – on the mainland these past weeks – which left Chris home alone to deal with the inevitable yet all the same surprising turn of events. It’s the second dog of ours that has passed on his watch. It’s deeply sad yet at the same time, the pup is there, ready to take over the guarding chores (he’s a Blue Heeler/Aussie mix). Middle dog Lucy is mourning, as Chud did when losing his longtime companion Susami last year. AAAhhhhh, the restrictions of life on this planet! I wish suffering would cease in all forms, but that’s a pipe dream. Aloha ❤

      1. If emailing me works for you then that would be perfect. Just write the words you would like me to publish and attach the photos to go with those words and it will be done!!

  3. My situation with the dogs is similar to yours and Jean’s. My dogs wake me up and they go out anywhere from 6:30 am to 8Am. Their inner clock varies. They go in and out a number of times a day. I go out with them and walk around my fenced one acre 2-3 times and I usually do some type of chore while outdoors. I drag water hoses about in the summer, pick figs, throw balls for the dogs, sweep the carports or the patio or just amble about. The dogs definitely have been a key to aid my depression and to keep me moving. My situation is a bit unique in because I currently have eighth dogs and only three of the eight are young. Anyhow, my dogs who are all rescues from the streets after having been thrown out, help to keep me moving. One is from the local shelter. But the point of having a dog in one’s life, in my opinion, is about responsibility, companionship, and focusing on a being other than one’s self.

    1. Loved everything you wrote but would add one more ‘point’ of having a dog and that is to witness, close hand, on a daily basis the act of pure, unconditional love. ❤️

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