Evangeline Samuel PhD
Dogs are great companions for all age groups. There are dog owners who are looking for someone to pet sit for them while they are on vacation. Some people leave their dogs in a kennel, or even in luxurious pet motels that have spa quality treatments. However, some dog owners would prefer their dogs to be cared for at their homes where their pets are in familiar surroundings.
Many young people are employed as dog walkers and dog sitters. But a Senior Citizen, who is looking to subsidize their Social Security income, will find this as a great job. Not only will they get paid to go feed and play with a dog, they will receive the benefits of having the love of a dog, or many dogs. Dogs bring many health benefits for a Senior Citizen.
A Senior Citizen may be alone and in need of company. Having a dog is great because he will love you unconditionally, will not talk back or argue with you. And most of all, he is faithful. If however, owning a dog is not possible, the next best thing is to pet sit for others. This job comes with great benefits. Dogs are taught to pick up things that are out of your reach. There are dogs who can tell when the sugar level of a diabetic is too low, and they alert them to the fact. Guide dogs are a great asset to the blind. You can even train puppies who will become Guide dogs, and that will bring you a feeling of great accomplishment. It may be hard to give your dog away after loving him and training him, but you will feel good to know that he is helping someone else. All in all this is a win-win situation for both the dogs and the Senior Citizens.