4. Puppies Provide Purpose
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. – 1 Cor. 10:31
Seniors (and singles) will significantly benefit from owning a dog. In retirement, we aren't necessarily as driven by schedules and may not have as long a list of tasks to keep us busy. Our beloved dogs depend on us to take care of their needs. Just like a baby, they assign our schedule. To them, we matter very much, giving us a reason to get up in the morning.
Caring for a pet gives is both purposeful and sacrificial, involving walking, grooming, feeding, cleaning up after them. No two days are alike...but each one will keep you busy.
"Puppies are constantly inventing new ways to be bad," says Julie Klam, author of You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness. "It's fascinating. You come into a room they've been in and see pieces of debris and try to figure out what you had that was made from wicker or what had been stuffed with fluff."
Yes, dogs offer us genuine purpose and opportunities to share love.
5. Cozy Companionship
A sweet friendship refreshes the soul. – Proverbs 27:9
The national poll on healthy aging has led research to suggests that “loneliness may shorten life expectancy even more than obesity and just as much as smoking.” We all need companionship. Those isolated will find comfort in their canine buddy.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, loneliness causes cortisol to rise in the body, which can compromise your immune system.
Pets will become your best friend and loyal companion. And can manage loneliness and reduce depression. The human-pet bond brings happiness. Plus, dog owners socialize with other dog owners, which can widen your social circle.
The relationship with your dog is truly special. It's been said that dogs come into our lives to teach us about love...and leave to teach us about loss.
Dog spelled backward is God. Could it be a coincidence that a dog's selfless acts of love toward his master mimic God's love for us? Perhaps all dogs do go to heaven.
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