After my husband passed away two years ago, I just didn’t know what to do with myself anymore. I had just retired from my job at the hospital and was spending all my days and nights inside. And once Bill passed, I was absolutely defeated and depressed. Most days I couldn’t wake up before noon, and on the days that I did, I just spent the entire morning posted up in front of the television. I felt like I no longer had anything to live for — I mean, there I was, almost 67 years old, my best friend and life partner of 45 years all of a sudden gone. I just wanted to live the rest of my days quietly, alone, and at peace. That’s exactly when I saw the ad in the newspaper for the local shelter.
The ad offered a waived adoption fee for seniors adopting senior dogs. So I thought “What the heck?” I hadn’t been out of the house in days, and maybe going for a walk to the SPCA up the street would do me some good. So I headed to the shelter, and then immediately fell in love with the next love of my life. He was an adorable boxer mix named Brady, and was about eight years old. One of the staff members at the shelter told me Brady ended up there when his owner died, and no other family member was able to take him in. I knew that Brady and I had a profound connection — it was meant to be. I signed all the papers, and later that afternoon, Brady came home with me.
Today, two years later, Brady and I are as close of friends as ever. Bill’s passing hasn’t gotten any easier for me, but it helps to have Brady around, wagging his tail whenever I’m feeling down. At ten years old, he’s getting a little up there in age. And so am I — I can no longer pick up after him in the yard, so I finally gave in and had the DoodyCalls pooper scoopers come by to clean up. But he still acts just like a puppy, and gives me a reason to get up every morning to feed him and take him for a walk. I just don’t know what I would do without my Brady! If you are a lonely senior in need of a companion, consider visiting your local shelter to see if there’s a senior dog or cat also in need of some tender love and care.