The 50+ Dog Owner: Complete Dog Parenting for Baby Boomers and Beyond

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The 50+ Dog Owner provides up-to-date information and advice about choosing and caring for a dog to match canine companionship with the lifestyles of Americans entering their golden years--the fastest growing demographic within the population. Written in an engaging, straightforward, senior-to-senior style by a proud member of the "50+ club," the in-depth expert advice is both easily accessible and appropriate for seniors who want, or already have, the companionship of a dog. ...
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The 50+ Dog Owner provides up-to-date information and advice about choosing and caring for a dog to match canine companionship with the lifestyles of Americans entering their golden years--the fastest growing demographic within the population. Written in an engaging, straightforward, senior-to-senior style by a proud member of the "50+ club," the in-depth expert advice is both easily accessible and appropriate for seniors who want, or already have, the companionship of a dog.
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dogwise.com
Written in an engaging, straightforward, senior-to-senior style by a proud member of the 50+ club, the in-depth expert advice is both easily accessible and appropriate for seniors who want, or already have, the companionship of a dog. The topics covered are especially relevant to any senior whether an empty-nester, newly retired, or widowed and include travel, housing, cost of care, and equipment, as well as the numerous health benefits linked to dog ownership for those with depression, loneliness, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Chicago sun-Times
What if I don't outlive my dog? What will happen to my pet?
These are some of the questions that concern the older pet owner.
Those questions and many more are answered in the newly released The 50+ Dog Owner: Complete Dog Parenting for Baby Boomers and Beyond by Mary Jane Checchi.
The book is designed to help aging empty nesters, those still working and retirees who already own dogs or are contemplating getting a dog. It encourages elderly dog owners to identify concerns and then shows how simple it can be to surmount or detour around problems.
For example, the book suggests making arrangements for a friend or family member to take care of your dog in case you don't outlive your pet.
The book also suggests arranging for a dog to get into a nonprofit rescue group shelter where they can peacefully live out their lives. Another suggestion is getting a pet trust that allows an owner to provide for a dog's care in a will. Since you can't leave money directly to a pet, a trust is established to provide funds for the pet's care. The trustee will either take care of the pet or pay the pet caregiver.
The book has a brighter side, too. There's useful information on how to choose a dog that is compatible with your lifestyle by pointing out behavioral characteristics of breeds.
For example, playful breeds include: collie, English springer spaniel and Golden retriever. Quiet ones include the greyhound, basenji and whippet.
And if you want lots of noise? Consider a beagle, dachshund, some terriers (cairn, fox and yorkshire) and some toy breeds (maltese and poodle).
Aspiring dog owners also need to consider the cost of owning a dog during their lifetime (10 to 15 years).
"It can easily approach and exceed $10,000," Checchi says in the book.
At a minimum, annually caring for a small dog will cost about $500; for a medium dog, about $700, and for a large dog, about $1,000.
Other advice weighs the options of choosing a puppy (they take a lot of work) vs. adopting an elderly dog (they're already trained and housebroken).
The book also is filled with tips for taking care of your dog, down to minute details such as choosing a collar and food bowls.
There's also helpful advice on traveling with a dog, boarding them while you're away, health and safety information and grooming and daily care recommendations.
A useful resource page is found at the end of each chapter. It lists informational sources as well as products and services mentioned in that chapter.
Tulsa world
For dog-lovers, there's no joy quite like bringing home your new canine companion. But many people more than age 50 worry about getting a new dog for many reasons. Author Mary Jane Checchi lays out all the answers in her new book, "The 50+ Dog Owner: Complete Dog Parenting for Baby Boomers and Beyond" (T.F.H. Publications, $24.95). Even though potential pet owners might be worried about their health, compatibility or their accommodations, Checchi maintains that sometimes the benefits outweigh the concerns. She writes: "Researchers have found solid evidence that for owners the human-canine bond can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, lower heart attack rates, decrease the number of physician visits, combat depression and feelings of isolation, increase the number of social interactions and stimulate exercise and improve fitness." Packed with information, "The 50+ Dog Owner," offers advice for important decisions, such as cost calculation, care and training advice, canine-friendly housing options and how to travel with your dog. And selecting the right breed is at the top of the list, Checchi writes. She outlines ways to pick an ethical breeder, as well as how to avoid puppy mills. She also advocates adoption. "Adoption can be a bargain because fees typically include a range of services already performed, such as spay/neuter surgery, deworming, a health exam and vaccinations." --(kim Brown World Scene Writer)
Library Journal
This all-inclusive guide is typical in its coverage of the major issues of concern for new dog owners. The only difference is that Checchi (Are You the Right Pet for Me?: Choosing the Right Pet for Your Family) writes for those who are over 50. She addresses concerns such as choosing the right dog while considering one's own ailments and how to plan for a dog's life in the event the human caretaker dies. Each chapter contains a "Resources Made Easy" section that provides additional readings, websites, products, and services pertinent to the chapter's subject matter. The font is slightly larger than that in most books, and pictures complement the text. VERDICT Those features, coupled with the comprehensive index, make this a practical source for fiftysomethings looking for a dog to share their golden years with.—Diana Hartle, Science Lib., Univ. of Georgia, Athens
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780793806430
  • Publisher: TFH Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 993,160
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

MARY JANE CHECCHI has written numerous pet articles for Dog and Kennel, PetLife, Big Apple Parent, Georgia Family, and petcity.com. She served as pet consultant for www.accenthealth.com and is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Writers Union, Authors Guild, Washington Independent Writers, and The Writer's Center of Bethesda, Maryland. Mary Jane has owned and trained dogs all her life, has assisted with animal rescue groups, and as a member of PAL (People, Animals, Love) has visited nursing homes and hospitals with her Collie. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her family, which includes two dogs. Visit Mary Jane online at www.checchibooks.com.

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  • Posted December 17, 2010

    A must read for any dog owner, or anyone thinking of becoming one!

    Mary Jane Checchi's The 50+ Dog Owner is a great book for anyone that has a dog or is thinking about getting a dog. It's a wonderful reference - full of information & great photography. For those that already have a dog, the book is a good refresher on how to be a better dog owner! It's also a must read for those of us that are approaching, or well into our 50s and who are entertaining the thought of getting a dog. I will be giving a copy of the book to our Vet, and plan to give it as a gift to several of my friends who will soon be turning 50!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2010

    50+ or 50- You Will Love this Book

    Checchi's new book is engaging - full of vignettes, information and resources. Every aspect of the relationship between the dog lover and dog is explored, with the pet dog's perspective front and present. The creative content and layout with photos and tips make the book a page turner you will enjoy cover to cover. If you love animals, don't miss Mary Jane Checchi's "Are You the Pet for Me."

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

    Super gift for someone you love

    This answered all my questions and some I didn't even think of before I made the commitment of dog ownership. It is informative, practical, and entertaining - great photos! I know of no other book like it. I now have a great companion who is good company and a great comfort!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2010

    Fantastic Resource for All Dog Lovers (50+ or not!)

    Great resource, full of helpful information and engaging stories. The 50+ Dog Owner is the perfect book for current or future dog owners.

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