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Finding Canine Love After 50

The 50+ Dog Owner: Complete Dog Parenting for Baby Boomers and Beyond

A Uniquely Practical New Guide From Award-Winning TFH Publications

As any dog owner — past or present — can tell you, the sight of a wagging tail meant just for you and the loving licks of a furry companion are among the many special rewards of a dog-human bond. But for those over age 50, contemplating canine companionship also raises questions about how a new four-footed family member will fit in with your lifestyle. Will you living space accommodate a dog? What type of canine would match your personality and energy level? Would an older or younger dog be best for you?

Offering guidance, insight, and expert tips, The 50+ Dog Owner: Complete Dog Parenting for Baby Boomers and Beyond ($24.95; ISBN: 978-0-7938-0643-0) is the essential dog care guide for empty nesters, those still working, retirees, and other adventurers. Author (and member of the "50+ Club") Mary Jane Checchi offers expert advice in key areas relevant to her readership, such as travel, housing, cost of care, and equipment. The 50+ Dog Owner also explores the numerous health benefits linked to dog ownership for those with depression, loneliness, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The 50+ Dog Owner helps readers identify and evaluate their concerns and then shows how simple it can be to surmount or detour around them. For example, if your history with dogs is limiting your present options, learn ways to find a breed that best matches your current personality type and lifestyle. Do you enjoy peace and quiet? Consider a gentler dog such as a Mastiff, Collie, or Greyhound. Are you easygoing? Maybe a playful breed like a Beagle or Labrador Retriever would best suit you.

Practical and easy tips for taking care of your dog, considerations for traveling with or without your canine, health and safety advice, grooming, and care are all specifically tailored for the 50+ reader. At the end of each chapter, a "Resources Made Easy" section guides readers to helpful items and services mentioned in the book. "Money-Saving Tips" sidebars, found in every chapter, help round out this helpful and unique guide.