February is all about love – including the love we share with our senior pets.

Senior pets seem more content to cuddle and sit with you to pass time. Their worlds have slowed down and they are happy to relax. Most importantly, they have an intuition that allows them to read our mood, to know just what we need. They are able to make a relationship with you a true partnership. They need less and can give more than the youngsters that require mountains of attention, supervision and training.

My two senior dogs are nearby as I write this – Siska, age 13, and ‘Ote, 11. Siska enjoys sleeping in the sun and curling up on the bed; he truly believes it is his duty to monitor the food bins, lest they try to disappear before his next meal. We have done countless children’s programs and traveled hundreds of miles together with the sled team. Being smaller, he sleeps on the passenger seat of the Jeep during travels. He “whistle” snores like a cartoon character and hoards all the toys into his corner.

‘Ote is my difficult one. With fears and phobias of shadows and thunderstorms, he likes his world quiet and small. But, he has welcomed many other rescue dogs to our home. And, he KNOWS when one of his favorite people, Cindy, pulls into HAWS’ parking lot…and then throws a fit until she comes in to say “Hi.” (But, he ignores most other people that walk into my office.) Quirks? He has many! He knows when I don’t feel well before I do and forecasts thunderstorms better than a meteorologist.

My old friends. I know their habits, they know mine.

Senior pets have personalities and skills they have worked a lifetime to perfect. They only wish for a soft spot in a warm place, and to share love with a special someone. They require little but love a lot, making them the perfect companions.

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