Suggestions Needed: Senior Dogs And Their Older Owners

My husband and I have a soft spot in our hearts for older dogs.  We’ve adopted three Chihuahua’s over the years from a wonderful rescue organization.  All our dogs were estimated to be about seven years of age at the time of adoption.

So this love of older dogs is causing a moral dilemma for me and I’d like your suggestions on what to do.

There’s a resident who lives at the assisted living community where my father resides.  Let’s call her Beth since I’m not actually sure what her name is.  Beth seems friendly but not always aware of her surroundings and actions.  Yesterday I saw her pulling her dog (who is old and very sweet) down the hallway like it was a sled.  And, I’ve seen her mindlessly pull the dog up the spiral staircase to the point of elongating the dog’s neck as they walked.

I’m sure Beth loves her dog.  But, I’m afraid the dog is going to get hurt.  Or, equally worrisome, that Beth is going to fall when tugging at the dog.  I’m so torn.  It’s none of my business.  But, on the other hand, I don’t want to sit silently waiting for something bad to happen.  What should I do?




  1. Perhaps you can discuss your concerns with the director or care manager at the assisted living facility.


    1. Thanks for this suggestion. This is an option. Maybe little changes can be made to keep both the dog and the resident happy. I’ll keep you posted.


  2. I would definitely mention it to staff. I would assume that if she were fully aware of her actions, she would not want to put her dog in harm’s way. Kudos to you for adopting older dogs!


    1. Thanks Joy. Everyone agrees that something needs to be said. I just need to think of the right words.


  3. […] you for the feedback on my November 12th post, “Suggestions Needed: Senior Dogs and Their Older Owners.”  You’ll be happy to know that I met with the General Manager at my dad’s […]


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