If there is one thing that gets to us about old age it is the loneliness. That sudden feeling that there is no one to turn to because we feel like it will be a bother or an inconvenience to do that. Being alone is fine. Being lonely is not. Unfortunately, it is one of the most common horrors that slips into people’s lives as they grow older. That is why having a little furry companion to make you smile and laugh and share life’s little pleasures with can be, well, a lifesaver in many ways.
Having a dog is good for your body and soul. That’s a fact. Seriously. Owning a dog in your golden years has an amazing effect on your mental, physical and emotional health, which are all things we crave from the moment we enter our first quarter-life crisis. Of course, knowing what breed of dog is going to be closest to perfect is the hard part.
Luckily for you, we know dogs, and so we can say with hand on heart that the little darling you are looking for is a Miniature Schnauzer, and here is why:Image source
If there is one thing a Miniature Schnauzer is it is affectionate, which is something that all awesome first dogs have in common. They are considered to be one of the most people-loving pups around because, well, they are seriously soppy little things. All they want to do is cuddle and hang out with their owner, which will help with any feelings of loneliness.
You may think this to be negative and, in most instances, you’d be right. But when it comes to battling the woes that are synonymous with old age, having a dog that requires a little bit of grooming now and then is a good thing. They don’t shed much, but every couple of months they will need their nails clipping.
They are considered to be one of the most trainable dogs and will listen to the loving commands of their owner the majority of the time. Whether it is you wanting to give them flea and tick pill for dogs or to stop eating the table legs or to stay with you on a walk around your (preferably enclosed) garden, these dogs have a good ear.
Even those this breed is fabled for having a strong guarding instinct, they are also known to be fantastic with children. Why do we say this? Simple. There is nothing worse than getting yourself, or an elderly relative, a dog for companionship that will push away others. What we mean is, you don’t want a dog that will stop grandchildren from visiting, and that is why the Miniature Schnauzer is a good choice.
We mentioned the fact they are protective, and they are, especially of their family and their home. This can be an extremely beneficial thing to an elderly person, for so many reasons. They won’t bark at just any old noise (thank God), but they will bark when they sense anything threatening or have someone approach the house. Benefit: you won’t miss the delivery man again.