Without a doubt, empty nesters love their dogs ~
Is it me or are you noticing lots of adorable new puppies on your Facebook feed? From chocolate labs to teeny tiny Chihuahuas, they are coming home to stay with the empty nesters!
Ultimately, it may not the best idea for enhancing your new-found freedom. The kids are grown, the house is quiet and you get… A DOG? Why now? Why complicate your life with a new puppy? Because they are awesome!
Where there is a will there is a way. Empty Nesters who choose to get a dog after the kids are gone are well aware that this may put a crimp in the flexibility. As you know, Craig and I travel a great deal and he travels for work almost every week so that leaves me alone a lot too! I live both extremes because I am off finding adventure with my husband and we are together 24/7 and the flip side is that I am at home completely by myself, with only my sweet Rocco to keep me company.
Once a mother, always a mother and whether I am a mom to my two kids or to my almost four-year old puppy, it feels somewhat the same. Since he can’t talk back and there is no homework to deal with, dogs may be even a little easier! He is just the most loving, attentive, protective sweetheart that doesn’t leave my side.
My sweet Rocco ~
Because he is so high-energy a three-mile walk is in order everyday so he is my extra calorie burner for sure. When my dad was so sick, I was really upset a great deal of the time. As I sat on the couch silently crying but trying to keep it together, he would come over to me and lay his head on my feet. His sensitivity to me is astounding.
He protects me from the squirrels and the neighborhood cats and barks if the leaves are blowing. He smiles as we take a walk and when he drops his toy in my lap. After he drops it, he then backs up expecting me to play and toss it back to him 100% of the time.
Rocco scares the be-geesus out of the mailman with his deep scary bark and no one should dare come to the door unless they have to. There are three little “yappers” next door that bark incessantly and makes me nuts. We are teaching him not to bark when they do. Although he looks at me and I imagine him saying “Come on, just once let me at them and I will stop them for good!”
Like my good friend Ellen, many of my friends are already devoted to their dogs. They did not need the nest to empty out to find companionship with their dogs. When the house is quieter and the daily focus is no longer focused on our children there is much more time for our dogs.
As I type, guess who is laying down at my feet…
Empty Nesters love their dogs and they most certainly fill in the gaps that our children have left.
Do you have a dog? Did you recently add a new member to your family? Maybe you are a cat person? How do our animals affect us differently as Empty Nesters?
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