This blog has been updated from its original published date of October 15, 2021.
The kind-hearted man in this video is sharing an ice cream bar with his dog. He is sitting on a bench, holding the ice cream bar at a level that’s easy for his dog to lick. This must be a beloved companion for the man. He lets his friend have most of the ice cream bar.
Thinking about getting your elderly parent a dog?
At one point, the dear man licks the ice cream bar, then gives it back for his beloved dog to finish, seeing how much his friend enjoys ice cream. This is a moving video. I see this man putting his dog’s enjoyment above his own. His dog friend comes first. I appreciate the videographer capturing this moment on camera. It speaks volume about the friendship between us and our dogs.
Many have suggested that an elderly person living alone might benefit from having a dog as a companion. And the children of some seniors might want to give their parents this great gift, provided that taking care of a dog is something they are open to.
Matching a dog’s personality with an elderly owner
This can be a great match when several factors come together, according to Barbara Ballinger in AgingCare.com.
#1. Puppies are adorable, AND they need a lot of care. And they are very active and energetic. Would that be a match with with the parents’ energy level and lifestyle? If in doubt, borrow a friend’s puppy and see how your parents feel after spending a whole day with the puppy.
#2. Perhaps someone thinks that a smaller dog is easier to care for than a big dog. That depends. Some large dogs have a mellow temperament and are content with a leisurely walk. Some small dogs are highly energetic, and requires an owner that is active. But some small dogs have a mellow temperament too.
#3. Having a dog no doubt adds to the social interactions of the elderly, whether it’s meeting someone at the dog park and talking about their dogs, or the increased exercise they get because their dogs need to exercise. Many an elderly person expand their friendship circle as a result of walking their dogs, socializing with more people. Even a second chance at romance.
There is also the benefits of reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, in addition to this wonderful companionship with their dog.
You can read the entire article here. Enjoy watching this precious moment. And if you appreciate precious moments like this, here’s a video on how a Saint Bernard become friends with an elderly neighbor.
Article source: Barbara Ballinger in AgingCare.com