The type of pet best for the aging Baby Boomer should be determined in large part by the ability, budget and mobility of the individual. For example, the homebound may find a cat to be an easier pet to care for. On the other hand, if you are still active, walking a dog is not only great exercise, but a great way to engage people you may meet in conversation. If you are spending your golden years on the road, cats make great pets because their independent natures are in sync with an out and about lifestyle.
When both our children went off to college, life changed. The house felt empty and then suddenly in stepped Roger and Lily, who were abandoned on my Mom’s porch. She had already adopted 4 rescue cats, so these two little bundles of fur found their way into our home and hearts at 3 weeks old.. My husband and I have found our “empty nester” years to be greatly enhanced by the presence of our tabbies. They make us smile everyday and I feel good because we adopted kittens that would not have survived in the inner city.
Victoria Fox, the President/CFO of Accessibility Solutions talks about the impact her rescue dog has had on her life:
“As an empty nesters, our pitbull Riley has become an important part of our lives. Now that he’s here We can’t imagine life without our dog.. As a companion he goes with me on walks, watches tv with us, goes on vacation, works as an official door greeter and even accompanies me to the office.”