FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN /
Pet Peeves of a Peeved Pet /
Hi, it's Morris. Or, as the
folks around here know me, Daí Boss. Gary is away
for a few minutes. (I need to talk with him about
going away like that; he should be here all the
time. Who knows? Maybe I need an emergency
walk or scratch or dog biscuit.) Anyway, I
didnít want too many days to go by this year without
sharing with you one of my, ahem, ďpet peeves.Ē
And that is the caring and feeding of your loved
I know you are wonderful
caregivers to your human loved ones; making sure
they get food, walks and the attention they need,
but I donít want you to forget about those who keep
their spirits up and for whom they careótheir pets.
What our good friend Dr. William Thomas, founder of
Eden Alternative, has proven about long-term
care facilities is true for home as well. Caring
for a pet is great medicine for the loved ones for
whom you care. So please donít ignore these
Peeves from a Pet about
Make sure that the situation
is safe for your loved one and their pets.
If it is too much of a challenge for your loved
one to care for their pets but they want to keep
them, contact a certified pet service to help.
Are the pets up to date with
vet visits and shots?
Are they being properly fed?
Is improper care for your
loved oneís pet causing a hygiene problem for
your loved one?
But, donít take it from me alone.
In one study I read, Dr. Judith Siegel from the
University of California, Los Angeles reviewed the
behavior of 938 Medicare enrollees and reported in
the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
that elderly people who owned a pet needed
fewer doctor visits. (And they wonder what I do all
Yet, when the health of your loved
one is at stake by keeping a pet, a serious
discussion with their physician is in order.
And it is important to consider having a pet trust
in place detailing your loved oneís wishes for their
petís care if they should die before the pet.
Garyís coming back now, so I have
to stop typing. Donít tell him weíve been talking,
but take it from meóa pet can be a wonderful source
of comfort for your loved one. As long as you
make sure that they are being cared for as well as
they care for their owners.