The 50+ Dog Owner: Complete Dog Parenting for Baby Boomers and Beyondby Mary Jane Checchi
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… See more details below
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.
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.
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