As you might know, I have recently become a dog-owner for the first time in my life. My son has gone to live in Canada and has left his elderly dog, Venus, with us. Initially, I was reluctant to take her on as I thought that owning a dog would be hard work ( all that walking and clearing up after them ) However, I've now completely changed my mind and I'm thoroughly enjoying looking after Venus.
The main benefit is that she's making me walk more and I'm sure that the exercise is helping my arthritis. I'm finding that I can walk a little further each day, and my knees aren't so stiff. Hopefully, it will help me to lose some weight too.
Every morning I set off for a walk which I imagine will only take about 20 minutes, and I come back about an hour later. That's because I meet so many neighbours and other people with dogs on the way. It's also great when we go for a walk later in the day and end up in a pub garden for a drink. Venus immediately makes friends with everyone, and we get chatting to lots of people who otherwise probably wouldn't speak.
She is a springer spaniel with floppy ears and big feet which find every available muddy puddle and rabbit hole while out walking. She's made friends with my cat, Tommy, and I'm so pleased we've got her now.