#1 Love: At least a couple times a day, take their grey faces in your hands, look into their eyes and with a smile say “I Love You”. They smile back…
#2 Patience: Accidents happen, no scolding, yelling or mad looks. Invest in paper towels and bottles of cleaner. If my senior is sick and can’t make it outside in time, I tell her I hope she feels better soon. Her tail will wag….
#3 Slow Down: Sox can’t walk as fast anymore, so I go at her pace – slow. And it’s easier to stop and smell the roses too. If she’s climbing the stairs and I’m behind her I tell her to take her time, I have plenty.
#4 Breakfast on Sunday: I have one good, hot breakfast during the week, Sunday’s. Sox and Betty have one too. Can be scrambled or fried – they love both. Sometimes they also get to enjoy a little piece of leftover steak. Sunday afternoon naps are on a full belly, and we save on water. No need to rinse the plates before they go in the dishwasher.
#5 Treat them like you’d like to be treated: If they are cold, I warm them. If they don’t feel well, I take care of them. If they are lonely, I talk to them and hug them. Hungry, they are fed. They are treated with dignity and they know they are loved.
I will repeat this as needed until my sweet seniors are called upon to start their next journey. When that day comes my heart will hurt and tears will be shed but I know their time on Earth, while in my care, they were loved and they in turn loved me. And I will always have the memories we created together.
~ Staff, SeniorDogs.com
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