Older man teaches younger dog new tricks
-- Second Thoughts
Dear Second Thoughts: Before I heap praise onto your healthy and laudable choice to get an animal companion, I have a bone to pick: With an estimated 6 to 8 million dogs living in shelters throughout this country, no one should purchase a puppy -- especially you, because -- according to you -- you didn't want one!
Older dogs are not readily available. These days using online tools, finding a good fit between human and pet is easier than ever. The website for the ASPCA (ASPCA.org) offers an endless roster of adoptable cutie pies, searchable by ZIP code!
And "senior" animals -- like "senior" people -- tend to make wonderful, mature companions.
It is rude for anyone to speculate about your longevity in contrast to your dog's -- and yet you could assume that people are sincerely trying to ask if you have a plan for your pet, should something happen to you.
And your answer is: "Are you wondering what might happen to 'Daisy' if something happens to me? Well, I've got it all figured out. Thanks!"
Dear Amy: I am a woman with a male best friend. We can talk about anything.
I moved recently. He has said to me numerous times that he wants to see my place and that we would hang out.
My issue is that he will ghost me -- like literally ignore me -- when I ask him when he's coming over. I've asked him if I am doing or have done anything to make him feel uncomfortable. He says no, but then he'll play this game of, "We're going to hang," and then completely shut down.