Could Adopting a Pet Help Empty Nest Anguish?

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This is the season for graduations and weddings. Time to pull out the hankie (sniff) and wave at the offspring heading out into the world. All those years... all the memories... where did the time go? And now it seems that there is almost too much time now that we're not the taxi, the cook, and the confidant. At least there's texting, right?  Who are we kidding? It's time to cut the apron strings!

But we have all these nurturing skills, and probably other skills we forgot about that went dormant with the demands of parenting. You could volunteer somewhere. Get another job. Get a treadmill. Write a book. Sigh...

Katherine Hepburn Dalmatian/Jack Russell Terrier Mix, Adelphi, MD • 301-434-1086 • ccdal@comcast.net

How about trading in the apron strings for a leash? Even if you have a dog or cat, he's probably feeling the loss of his human sibling as well. Adopting a furry friend is a healthy and beneficial way to cope with life's transitions. And there are so many pets out there looking for homes. You could be a perfect match!

Did we mention that it's National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month? Many shelters are offering substantial discounts, even waiving fees to get adult cats adopted out with the influx of spring kittens. The benefit to adopting an adult is being able to know more about it's personality and is more likely to be house trained. Same with adult dogs.

If you've had the patience and fortitude to send your offspring into the world, you are a fabulous candidate for the patience it might take for a second-chance pet, even one with special needs. You might be just exactly what's needed for each other in a time of need. Try perusing PetFinder.com or your local shelter's web site. It's a great way to dip your toes in without committing or feeling overwhelmed. It's fun and a great way to become familiar with your local shelters!

I'm not one to say that pets can replace your kids, but they are a gift to be treasured, and you can be the same for them!

Featured Adoptable Kitty From Georgetown, Texas

Champ: Georgetown Animal Shelter, Georgetown, TX • (512) 930-3592 • Jackie.Carey@georgetown.org

Champ is a beautiful 6 year old Ragdoll male kitty already neutered and micro chipped. He was owner surrendered as they could no longer take care of him due to their illness, Champ is a lover who enjoys people and will rub on your leg. He is very independent and has great litterbox skills and keeps his fur in great shape. He has beautiful blue eyes that will melt your heart. Stop in today and visit with Champ.

Photos of two Goldens saying goodbye by Andrew Morrell.

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Joan on June 8 at 1:11 PM said:

YES! We bought a Borzoi. I got jealous of her bond with my husband ,in general, and in Easter Seals Dogs On Call (DOC), in particular, so we bought a Borzoi for me to train. We became a certified DOC team on May 1st. Our older girl is the dog with the child in the night gown at 1:30 in this video www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYFbTqbMTVU
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