Granny Nannies loves all of our clients, particularly our Baby Boomers (those of you born between 1943 and 1964). One thing we love so much about this demographic is how they embrace the dogs, cats and other domesticated critters as way more than just pets, but as members of the family. If you’ve ever put your dog in a coat or costume, taken your pooch on a playdate, started an Instagram page for your cat or parrot, or tucked your bunny in for the night, then you are on trend with pets as family folk. On top of loving your animal(s) hard and giving them the royal treatment, you’re also doing your part to contribute to a thriving niche of the economy. Pets and their glorified needs are a multi-million-dollar industry: everything from feeding, to grooming, to medical care, to boarding, to walking, to dressing and sleeping.
- You can take your heartfelt kindness for animals to the next level by adopting a senior pet. There are so many psychological, emotional and physical benefits of taking in an older pet. Here are just a few to consider:
- Cuddling with or petting a furry animal for 10 to 15 minutes has been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Potential upsides are also a lowering of blood pressure and an increased feeling of calm and joy.
- Banish feelings of loneliness or boredom by interacting with your pet. They are great for chatting with! These social experiences may help fight depression, too.
- Providing a calm sanctuary of a home to an older pet means they won’t be overstimulated by sights and sounds of a more chaotic living situation and they can ease into your groove.
- Training or housebreaking a silver dog or cat usually isn’t necessary as these aged animals are usually comfortable living in a home, not making messes, and walking on a leash.
- Adopting a pet means spending less money than you would on purchasing a designer one from a breeder.
- Connecting with an adoption source that provides support and checks in to make sure the match between pet and person is a good fit is ideal.