When Selecting a pet:

  1. Right pet for the right owner. But because people age so differently, the decision needs to be made carefully.
  2. Are you set in your ways? If you don't like change, you may not be a good candidate
  3. Have you had a pet before?  it's best if the elderly person is an experienced owner.
  4. Do you have disabilities? Dogs can be wonderful companions who encourage a senior with no major physical limitations to walk and interact with others,
  5. Do you need a therapy pet? If the person is very infirm or impaired, they may be a candidate for an assistance or therapy dog to help them function or interact.
  6. Is the pet the right age? A puppy or kitten may not be the best choice for elderly owners because of the care they require. A young pet may outlive its owner. Birds especially have long life spans. 
  7. Does the pet have a good temperament? Although some older owners may think a Great Pyrenees would be too big to handle, some are so mellow that it would have been a good pet for a senior. Some small dogs are very active and would not ne good choice for the elderly.
  8. s the pet healthy? It's important that any pet be examined by a professional.
  9. s the pet healthy? It's important that any pet be examined by a professional.
  10. Are finances an issue? Pets cost money. A small puppy can run more than $810 its first year for food, medical care, toys and grooming while a fish is less expensive--about $235,  Things to consider before diving into pet ownership.
  11. Taking on a dog or any animal as a pet is a big commitment and should not be taken lightly. Any animal will need attention, routine veterinary treatment, training, grooming and daily care for 10-15 years or more.


Do Scotties Swim?

Let me start out with a little information about the Scottish Terrier and where they originated:

The Scottish Terrier, popularly called the Scottie, is a breed of dog. Initially one of the highland breeds of terrier that were grouped under the name of Skye Terrier, it is one of five breeds of terrier that originated in Scotland, the other four being the modern Skye, Cairn, Dandie Dinmont, and West Highland White Terrier. They are an independent and rugged breed and I can testify to that! They can also be very stubborn and at times hard to train they are also quite sensitive to praise and blame. Independent, intelligent, and hilarious in his dignified seriousness, which makes him an excellent watchdog. They have short legs so not much for going jogging with you, but they love to walk and ours love to swim.

When we got our first scotty pup our vet told us to keep him away from the water, they don't swim. Well let me just say after we got our second one and we moved to a house with a pool, we discovered that not only do they swim, but ours would not get out of the water! We have a female Wheaton colored, that is a fish, and her male puppy is right there with her, she loves to dive in and fetch toys and she loves to knock her son off the raft as well.

Now I know not all Scotties swim and they do tend to sink. They also seem to love the water, but some are not they best of swimmers and if you let your scotty swim, make sure you are always with them, in some ways they are like kids, need to be watched!

Above is my Dad with my sisters Turkey,  even they need love and attention!   My dad was always an animal lover even if he said he didnt like them.  He grew up on a farm and always had lots of animals around.  When we where young we always had pets and if he thought we werent ;looking he was always the first on to pet and love the animals.

Pets and the elderly

It is very beneficial for the elderly to own or have access to pets.

For elderly pet owners, who often live alone or in group facilities, pets can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase social interaction and physical activity and help them learn.  A new pet can stimulate someone to read up on an animal or breed, which can be very mentally stimulating and important at that age​.

 Pets can reduce depression and lessen loneliness. Older pet owners have often told us how incredibly barren and lonely their lives were without their pet's companionship, even when there were some downsides to owning an active pet.  Pets benefit, too, particularly when older folks adopt older pets. "These lucky pets go from the pound to paradise. Since most of the adopters are retired, they have lots of time to devote to a previously unwanted pet.  For more information check out my Hub Page.

Spending quality time with a dog, cat or other animal can have a positive impact on your mood and your health. Pets can be calming stress-fighters. Pet owners, on average, are better off than non-owners, especially when they have a higher-quality relationship with their pets.

Your dog may make you less likely to get heart disease., Petting your cat or dog feels good. It can lower your blood pressure, helps your body release a relaxation hormone, and cuts down on levels of a stress hormone. Pets, especially dogs, can help you connect with other people. People with pets are generally happier, more trusting, and less lonely than those who don't have pets.

Where to find pets:

While breeders are a good source, some shelters also provide a pet for less and offer the advantage of rescuing it from euthanasia. Purina Pets for Seniors partners with 200 shelters nationwide to provide seniors pet adoptions at a reduced cost.

Shelter employees often know the pet's personality well and can make a good match.  Online pet shopping is also possible, thanks to sites like www.petfinder.com, which pairs owners with 250,000 adoptable pets from 11,000 animal and rescue groups nationwide.