|Barked: Sat Feb 20, '10 10:29am PST |
|The first thing I would consider is long term arrangements. Your great grandmother is obviously an older woman and more prone to experiencing serious health conditions. If she were to become ill and need to be hospitalized long term or even be placed in a nursing home, what would happen to the dog? Would someone in your family be willing to take it in, indefinitely, in the case of that happening? I know it's not something you want to think about, but it's a definite possibility. My grandfather considered getting a pet about two years ago (he was 89 at the time) and decided against it because he knew the pet would outlive him and didn't want to add finding a home for his pet to the list of stress we'll be going through at his imminent death.
Now, I'm not saying your great grandmother shouldn't get a dog. Indeed, a pet is a great companion for someone who lives alone. No matter what size dog you're considering, I would get her an adult, as they are matured and much more set in their personalities. If she wants a larger dog, I would go with a retired Greyhound. They're very calm and laid back and wouldn't be too much to handle for an elderly person. An adult Doberman may also work, depending on the circumstances.
For smaller dogs, I think a Pug would be wonderful, even though they shed. If she wants a non-shedding breed, she's going to have to deal with grooming on a regular basis and I think that's much more difficult to handle than a little shedding. Otherwise, a Poodle or a Shih Tzu seems like a good match.
Or, if a dog seems too much to handle, a cat may be a good choice!
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