|Gracie loved playing in the snow.|
|This is one of my favorite pictures of Gracie. She had a sense of humor!|
Since early November when she went blind we had been leading her to the back steps outside so she would not accidentally fall off the edge of the deck. She still managed to go outside as long as she was able to walk.
|Gracie loved silk scarves, |
and would choose the one she wanted to wear.
|Wherever Gracie went she was the center of attention, and loved it.|
|Gracie owns a place in our hearts.|
|This is Maggie. She is a Cane Corso Italian Mastiff.|
(Now before you small dog owners get your panties all in a twist I want to clarify. Sometimes for a dog over 60 pounds or so it is necessary to smack them in the head to get their attention. When excited they will often ignore treats, and commands, and everything else. A smack, not hard enough to hurt them, and not as a punishment, but enough so it makes them pay attention to you, works wonders. For the rest of the time a scolding, or jerk on a leash or collar is plenty of correction. Oh! And for the record, your family is NOT a dog pack, and you do not need to be some weird alpha-dog. That's just dumb, but is making somebody lots of money.)
|Maggie on the ride home with her head on the center console.|
|Maggie was a little excited at first.|
|Hard to believe that 2 weeks ago |
Maggie was chomping on my hand.
|Maggie! Welcome to our family.|
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I said all that, so I could say this:
- Offer affection and “unconditional love.” It’s amazing how a cat on the lap or a friendly dog with a wagging tail evokes a smile and positive response.
- Provide an opportunity for meaningful chores. Having a daily “job” gives you a sense of purpose and a sense of accomplishment when the chore is accomplished.
- Introduce fun into your life.
- Provide sensory stimulation. Having an animal in your lap to pet, or to be by your side provides comfort and may even reduce agitation and anxiety.
- Support opportunities for socialization. People like to talk about their pets. Most of us talk to our pets.
- Offer an excuse to get outside. People with dementia spend too much of their time indoors. Walking the dog provides for an excuse to get outside.