October is winding down and with it our focus on animals living within shelters. This is not winding down for the animals, or for the agencies handling the vast numbers of pets which need care. As we move forward into November we realize this is the month which begins the ramp up of the holiday season. Sounds like fun, decorating, cooking favorite foods, parties and of course having friends over. As we go into town we see the sparkle and festive décor everywhere we turn. It seems that no one is immune to all the fun. We see people we haven’t seen in months, we tap into our brain and that of others to find the perfect gift and we give thanks for all that we have and all that we will have.
This is also the time when many people look back over the last year and are sorrowful for lives and loves loss. It is a time many people are left alone whether by death or breakup and find them having a difficult time moving out of the fog. After all the emotional and physically hard times, it is difficult to see any reason to smile or dress up, in fact, just the opposite. The holiday season is a time when the most suicides occur and when hospitalizations rise. For some it may seem as though there is little or nothing to look forward too; while for others it may seem just a time to get through and move ahead with their life.
In September we read about an organization, with a specific movement “Remember Me Thursday” this organization (www. helenwoodwardanimalcenter.wordpress.com) worked especially hard this year to help find homes and funding for dogs in shelters. This year’s work was rewarded nicely and each of us are doing our part to help this movement. Now we are close to November and it is time to move forward, well maybe not so far forward. You see November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month (it will specifically mention a Turkey) but pets come in all shapes and sizes. www.brownielocks.com/november So while we are looking at this during a month of feeling especially joyful, remember the people and pets which are not feeing this good. Mental health takes a hit right on the nose during the holidays and so do pets. A person who is having a very difficult time right now, a senior pet may be just the ticket to help them come out of the dark despair. A senior pet does not require the same amount of activity as a puppy, kitten and so forth, they do however, require even more petting in many cases. Usually they come to us with basic manners and a need for someone to love them. Our health is important to us and having a pet has proven to be a way to improve our health. A pet is not a Christmas present to be returned after the holiday, a senior pet is here to stay and intrude very little on our life. November is a great month to look ahead.