Last month, I picked up a copy of Elli H. Radinger's The Wisdom of Old Dogs: Lessons in Life, Love and Friendship in my local Waterstones. I am only a few chapters into the book, and so far, I have not been disappointed. Radinger writes about the journey that she and her Labrador, Shira, are going through together as they age. As the blurb and synopsis read on the back cover of the book:
'A dog is for life, but an old dog's wisdom is for ever...Full of practical advice, uplifting stories, and scientific expertise, this book reveals how dogs can be a constant source of wisdom, comfort and love in their old age. A must-have book for all dog-lovers.'
I know, that as a dog-lover myself, as I continue to read this book, I am going to have to dip into my reserves of emotional resilience, albeit with a box of Kleenex at the ready, to dab away any tears that will fall. In the first few chapters, Radinger has already shared with her audience the steps that she has put into place for Shira to be looked after, in the event her health fails and she is no longer able to care for Shira.
As dog owners, sometimes it's inconceivable to think about our own demise, however, there are practical steps that we can take to ensure that our pets are looked after we are no longer here. Radinger takes her reader gently through this process. In a similar vein to having godparents for our children, Radinger suggests choosing a family member or close friend to take on board the responsibility of looking after our canine companions. The number one rule being that the canine trusts the person that we choose; and subsequently, everyone in their household.
I am looking forward to finishing the book, and can't wait to share with you my other recommended reads.
Until next time, take care.