Darlings, I can confidently say that owning a dog after 50 has brought endless joy and companionship into my life! Not only do our furry friends bring unconditional love and affection, but they also offer numerous benefits for our physical and mental well-being!
My pooch, America Good makes my heart sing! And, we make his little heart beat with joy! We fawn all over each other. For my sweet readers after 50 who have a pet, you know exactly what I mean. Our pooch America, a soft-coated Wheaten Terrier, loves both of us, but as my ultimate concierge says, “He expresses an attachment to you like nothing I have ever seen. When you come home his joyfulness sweeps through the apartment. He appreciates you. You are his mother and he looks at you with utter love and affection. He wants to talk to you, be with you every waking minute of the day.” I always respond to my ultimate concierge when he says the above, “ He loves you just as much, only different.” And, it is true. America knows my hubby guards and protects him.
The story of how America became America
People often ask me the name of our 4-year-old Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. I tell them, “His name is America!” They look a bit stunned and often smile while saying, “What a great name!” The truth is, the story of the naming of America happened quite by accident, and a great accident it was!
Love does not only touch the reasoning parts of our brain, it touches our emotions; especially the dreamy part: our hearts. It is there that my love for my Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, America Good, lives. After all, it is our heart that houses love. I also love my Country and its patriotic American citizens. My pooch’s name comes from those great loves!
Walking in the Park
I named my dog America because of an unexpected conversation with a stranger. America and I were in the park when a woman approached me. She was curious about America’s breed. After I told her I asked her the name of her dog.
“My dog’s name is Payton” she said.
“After Walter Payton?”I asked.
“Yes,” she answered.
“ I had a dog, Patton,” I said.
“After General Patton?” she inquired.
“Yes, he was a male Doberman and that is the reason I named him General George Patton. Patton for short.” I quipped, laughing.
“Oh! My husband would love that name,” she remarked.
After the short exchange, we said our goodbyes. My nameless puppy and I happily went on our way with my mind whirling and twirling wondering what to name our pooch.
Inspired by Our Conversation
I remember thinking to myself, “That woman and I each had a dog with an American hero’s name.” I liked that and asked myself, “Who made our country great?” I stopped dead in my tracks and began saying American hero names out loud, “Payton, Patton, Edison, Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Jefferson, Twain, Ross, Hemmingway, Adams, Jobs.”
I suddenly had an idea and I smiled as I picked up my little nameless puppy and said to him with joy, “Every American made America beautiful and great. Your name will be America, named after every single American that helped make our country the greatest country in the world. Your full name will be America Good. I picked up my little guy, gave him a big kiss and hug, and said, “America, let’s hurry home and tell your daddy.”
Toasting to America
Darlings, I was so excited as I opened up the door to our apartment in the sky. I told Shelly, “I thought of a name I love, love, love for our new puppy! He will be known as America”. And then I related the story of how his name came to be. My ultimate concierge was taken aback and said, “America?” “Don’t you love it?!” I said.
My ultimate concierge was silent for the longest time. Then he smiled and said, “Well every night at dinner we raise our glass to toast our country and say, ‘God Bless America’ so I think the name America is perfect.” He laughed and laughed and smiled and smiled. And so did I as I said to our puppy, “I love you so much, America Good.”
Dog Ownership: It’s Not Easy
I understand there are many reasons why a woman over 50 might hesitate to have a furry friend! In my mind, if you are toying with this idea, let me tell you why the addition of a dog will be worthwhile. And, worth your effort. Of course, if you get a puppy, you will have to muddle through the peeing, pooping, chewing, and misunderstood commands. You will have to climb out of bed in the early morning and walk the little darling. Countless women, both those with or without careers, say the best advice they can give every woman after 50 is to own a pet. Why? Because, darlings, after 50 the pluses win, hands down!
Dogs Help Us Stay Active & Reduce Stress After 50
As we age, it’s important to stay active and engage in activities that promote physical and mental health! Owning a sweet pup provides the perfect opportunity to get outside, go for walks, and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine! I know a little light exercise helps boost my mood and energy, and it helps remind me why I love this city so much!
Owning a pooch can also provide social interaction and a sense of purpose, especially in our lonelier years. It’s not uncommon for women after 50 to feel isolated or lonely (whether due to grandchildren living afar, child estrangement, or even widowhood). But having a furry companion can provide a sense of friendship, belonging, and a reason to get up and out of the house each day! Dogs also make great listeners and offer endless love and support, making them the perfect confidant for any age. They’re quite therapeutic, aren’t they?
Darlings, if you’re feeling lonely – having a pup to get you walking regularly, boost your mood and limit your stress, and add some structure to your daily routine can be a game changer! America Good has kept me young and vibrant, even on tougher days!
Dogs Can Help Build Community After 50!
Another added bonus of dog ownership I’ve found is the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends! Would I have ever spoken to the woman in the park if I didn’t have America with me? What a lovely chance to get out and see the world and talk to new people! Whether it’s chatting with other dog owners at the park, joining a local dog-walking group, or having a topic to bond with new women about – owning a dog can open up new social opportunities and connections!
My America drips with unconditional love. His mannerisms make me laugh out loud with gusto when he talks to me in doggie talk. He keeps me in stitches with his cheerful, lighthearted personality. When we take our walks, he stops to say hello to every dog and then wants to follow them. In the last several months, I have met so many dog owners because of America that I have dubbed him, ‘The Happy Mayor of Pearson Street.’ If there were presidential dog elections, America would win because he is smart and good-natured. He brings out positive vibes in all he meets and greets.
Dogs Teach Us To Slow Down!
Owning a dog is like raising a child, it really is. It is unconditional love. It is a wonderful feeling to be needed and to receive true love in return. Although I admit I am a frazzled and dazzled woman with very little time to spare… taking a long walk and smelling the roses, taking my time to boil fresh boneless and skinless chicken breasts, rice, cooked carrots and hard-boiled eggs for America slows me down. I cannot explain how contented I become spending my time and caring for America.
Darlings, do yourself a favor and bring a pup into your life if you haven’t already! I’m so glad I have my America in my wisened years to keep me busy and give me love and company!