3 Ways A Senior Dog Creates Retirement Happiness

You’re retiring soon and thinking it could be a little lonely. No more  “good mornings” to share over coffee or stories to tell on the way to meetings. Work friends truly create a sense of community for us.  When you retire, this tribe goes away.  Start being proactive and take a step towards future success. Find yourself a new buddy today and discover 3 ways a senior dog creates retirement happiness.

After a long busy career, settling into your retired life requires some adjustments. One of the best things you can do is find something to focus on that has nothing to do with either work or what’s next.  Adopting a senior dog will do just that.  There’s no better way to stay mindful of the now as when you have a 4-legged tail wagger waiting for dinner.

Kinship Because You’re Both Seasoned Adults

Thinking of retiring? Let’s assume you’re of a more seasoned age. I’m not calling you a senior but let’s face it, you probably consider yourself a middle-ager. Adopt a senior dog and right away you will have something in common. Both of you are definitely seasoned in life. Sometimes all it takes to be happy is to hang out with others who are the same age as us in dog years.

Have A Reason To Go For a WALK

Enjoying retirement begins with taking steps to be healthy. No one can deny that if we feel better, we’re happier. You’ve been saying that when you retire, you’ll exercise more. Get a dog and end any excuses for not going on a walk.

If you start exercising when you first retire, you’ll increase the likelihood that you’ll  keep it up. A senior dog won’t demand excessive laps around the block. You can ease into an exercise routine with a patient partner.

Enjoy Daily Life With Few Expectations

A senior dog has few expectations.  After all, chances are it’s been waiting for a new home for a while. And whatever you can offer, will no doubt exceed its expectations.  Here’s the thing,  as a senior pet, it probably gave up on moving to a forever home long ago.

Enjoy being around a good friend whose expectations primarily revolve around food bowls and leashes. Guaranteed this will be a welcome change from your day-to-day work life.

Over the years, I’ve adopted dogs of various ages. All were retired racing greyhounds and I know first hand how much they embrace retirement. They may dream of chasing rabbits but are more than happy to chill on the sofa.  In addition, now they are free to live their own version of Retirement Style every day.

Several have been senior dogs. For some, our home was not their first. One was not only a retired racer but retired from breeding as well. They all entered our life with both a racing career and a well-earned grey muzzle. They’ve all been happy to move in,  but those seniors have been especially grateful for their new home.

Increase your retirement happiness by sharing it with a senior dog. You’ll both benefit from the unconditional love and seasoned companionship.


While many people find themselves afraid to retire, few understand the benefits of retirement coaching to help plan a smooth transition. The Retirement Style team is ready to help answer any questions about the retirement coaching process and help you plan for your retirement success.

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