October is American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog month and one of the suggestions in my blog post “24 Ways To Reinvent Life During Empty Nest.” Although we did not adopt our dog, I thought it would be a good time to introduce you to Oreo, our 10 year-old Boston Terrier. Never would I have imagined how much joy a puppy would bring into our home!
Luckily our cat of 15 years, Hobbes, tolerated our new addition and a mutual trust and friendship quickly formed. Our whole family was overcome by puppy love. Oreo brought new life into our aging cat. Oreo would chase Hobbes around the house until Hobbes either jumped out of reach or put a stop to the game by hissing. Occasionally we would catch Oreo grooming Hobbes, much to his content.
This bond continued for four years until Hobbes the cat had to be put to sleep. We were all saddened by our loss but I was surprised at how Oreo suffered too. For weeks he seemed lost without his partner. If we spoke the words “Hobbes” or “cat”, Oreo would stand at full attention and run to the window, as if his long-lost friend just went outside. To this day, years later, he still does this.
Today, Oreo is experiencing empty nest syndrome just like his people parents! When our two sons moved out this summer, Oreo, confused by their departure, would sleep at the door of their closed bedrooms, as though they may come out of their rooms any minute. Our dog requires more love and attention from my husband and I since the boys are no longer here to spoil him. A visit home by one of the boys will send Oreo into a fit of reverse sneezing as he is overwhelmed by excitement.
But right now, as I’m cuddled up on the couch with my extra-large, loudly snoring Boston Terrier, I am reminded of how grateful I am for his company! Oreo’s personality, loyalty, and companionship endears him to our family. So if your nest seems empty and you want to occupy more of your free time, consider adopting a furry friend. Depending on the breed, you will have a pal to eat, sleep, and play with! What more could an empty nest need?