I’ve been noticing some subtle behavior changes in my 11-year-old Lab, Sanchez, as he matures. He definitely is more set in his ways and seems to have a different agenda in his senior years. Every time I look at him, I’m aware that every day is a gift.
While I’m in my middle-age years and he is in his senior years, he is teaching me some important life lessons about aging:
1. Eat Your Greens
While I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years, my diet keeps getting healthier and cleaner as I age. On days when it isn’t, my body notices instantly and I pay the price. I’m eating four times the amount of vegetables I did in my early vegetarian years, and now it’s all organic. While Sanchez eats a healthy diet due to my choices, he still loves eating green grass every chance he gets.
2. Remember to Meditate
Just like eating healthy, I’ve known the importance of meditation since I was in my mid-20s. And days that I’m too busy or forget, I feel rushed, off-center, and imbalanced. Sanchez starts every morning with a good stretch and meditation.
3. Spend Plenty of Time Outdoors Enjoying the View
One of his favorite senior activities is just laying on his outdoor dog bed on the deck and enjoying the view and smells. I work from home and can easily spend too many hours at my desk. His desire to go outside on the back deck is a good reminder for me to take breaks and join him out there.
4. Relieve Your Bladder Frequently
I drink a lot more water than I did in my youth, so visiting the restroom frequently is a fact of life. I’m no longer embarrassed by it, as I’m aware how healthy it is to drink half of my body weight in ounces of water daily. As for Sanchez… well, did I mention that he’s a male dog?
5. Hug Your Loved Ones
Sanchez isn’t the most physically affectionate dog in the world. Sometimes he shows his affection in subtle ways, but a little affection goes a long way. I’m much more physically demonstrative, yet I’ve begun to appreciate that hugs can be expressed in many ways.
Have you learned lessons from your senior dogs? Thanks for sharing them in a comment below.
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