When my mother Clara was ill from the effects of her therapy for breast cancer, the best thing I did was adopt a rescued toy poodle, Emma.
Not only did Emma bring joy and comfort to our lives, she inspired Clara to eat and gave her someone to focus on besides herself. The funny part if that Clara didn’t want me to adopt Emma. Initially she told me Emma would be my dog and I would need to take care of her. Within hours of adopting Emma, that changed.
Emma became part of the family, and as Clara recovered they became close. As you can see from this photo, Emma became protective of and protected by Clara. I’m not exactly sure in this photo who is protecting whom.
While I am a big advocate of adopting rescued pets, it’s not always an option. Sometimes your care receiver can’t take care of a pet, or perhaps they’re not allowed where she’s living.
It’s an adorable companion that purrs and moves like a cat, even rolling on its back for a tummy rub!
And it’s priced at around $100. Batteries are required, but no food, kitty litter or vet bills! It’s an attractive alternative to consider when adopting a pet isn’t appropriate.
The Joy for All Cat can give your care receiver the benefits of pet companionship, which include…
- Lowered blood pressure
- Lowered stress hormones
- Less agitation
- Lowered pulse rate
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To your Happy & Healthy Caregiving,
Ina Gilmore MD
Purple Angel Dementia Ambassador
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