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A Baby Boomer’s Best Friend

A Baby Boomer’s Best Friend

How A Pet Can Help You Through The Lonely Days


By Boomeryearbook.com

Through any stage of life, pets can serve as a best friend or even help replace a child. Many find comfort and joy in taking care of and being around pets, whether it’s a dog, a cat, or a hamster. For the lonely Baby Boomer, pets can become an even greater source of companionship and comfort. If you have never thought of getting a pet or had your doubts, consider these advantages and disadvantages.

The Good

Having a pet can be very fulfilling. They make very good companions.
They give you something to care for and about.
They are a wonderful way to forge new friendships with owners of the same or similar pets.
Some pets can also serve as protection for your home. If you live alone, having a good watch dog would be a great investment.
Pets like dogs are a good way to get some exercise while you take them for a walk.
The Bad

Consider the state of your health before owning a pet. Be sure that you are not allergic to certain types of pets. Some Boomers may find that the grooming and upkeep for a certain kind of pet is more than they can handle at their age. Do not put your health at risk! It is, also, important to try to think ahead about how your relationship with your pet may be affected in the future.
Some pets can be expensive to keep so be sure to know the general costs for its food, bath, etc.
The Final Decision

When you’re thinking of owning a pet it is important to know as many details about how much they eat, how big they will grow, how long they live and the costs associated with their care. The type of pet a person has depends on their personal taste and also health factors. Some like dogs and others, cats; some like hamsters and others, birds. It really depends on what type of animal you think you are capable of loving and caring for. No matter what type of animal you choose, make sure you are able to bond with your pet. Pets have personalities too, and sometimes owners are not able to bond with the pet they choose.

If you find that your relationship with your pet is not working out, do not be afraid to return the pet (if you can) or find someone else who may be looking for a pet to own. Make sure you explain why you are selling or giving up your pet to the prospective buyer. Do not settle for what you “kind of” want, but aim to be fully satisfied with your decision. It could change your whole life.

Tell us about your pet or the pet you want at BoomerYearbook. We’d love to hear from you.

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