Filling the Empty Nest with Canine Companionship: A Guide to Joyful Living


When your children are all grown up, you know that something is going to come along very soon and scare you. After twenty or even thirty years of raising children and having them around your feet – or at least around the house – it can be such an odd feeling for them to all have flown the rest. Nothing quite prepares you for it. You can sometimes feel lost. And this can affect you mentally and emotionally if you aren’t able to deal with it quickly. Now, this isn’t going to be the answer for everyone, nor should it be something that you decide to go into without serious thought, but you might want to think about getting a pet. And namely, a puppy! Because dogs are a woman’s best friend. And so life alone doesn’t have to feel so lonely anymore. If this sounds like the perfect solution for you, here’s what you should do.


Do Some Research


First of all, you will want to look into what it’s like to have a dog. Or what kind of dog do you want? And if you have health concerns, this is especially important as you’ll want a dog that suits your lifestyle.  You’ll want to research what kind of dog you want so you know how to best look after them and you are aware of any illnesses or diseases they are most susceptible to. You will also want to search for Indy Veterinary Care  or other veterinaries local to you to compare insurance prices and their services. It’s also a good idea to do some dog sitting if you can, just so you can get used to what life with a dog is really like.


Dog Proof The Home & Prepare


Then the next job is to make sure that you are ready for life as a dog owner. For this, you might want to think of ways to get the home ready. Time dog sitting has probably taught you this. Then, you need to turn to professionals like dog trainers and veterinarians to get all your questions answered and to help provide the necessary screenings and health checks for your new puppy. From foot to grooming stuff and then toys and feeding equipment, ensure you have it ready.


Pick Your Pup


The next job is to pick your puppy. Now, there are a TON of different dog breeds that you’ll want to consider. And as you’ve done your research, you may know what you’re going to go for. But if you’re unsure, try a breed quiz or ask your friends for advice. Speak to other owners here too. And when you’ve made your decision, then it’s time to go and pick up your new pet and bring them home!


Find A New Rhythm


But then also, you’re going to want to get into a bit of a new routine here. Because having a puppy is somewhat like having a baby or a toddler. They’re so full of energy, that they aren’t in control of their bladder, and it takes them a while to learn to behave. So you need to not only have the patience for that but find a new routine that’s going to work out for you here. Spend a little time getting to know them and finding a new rhythm. And before long, you’ll be in the swing of your new life with a fluffy friend!


45 thoughts on “Filling the Empty Nest with Canine Companionship: A Guide to Joyful Living”

  1. Linda Manns Linneman

    We have a dog and she is such a big part of our family. There are things you have to be prepared for though before getting one. You really have to make sure you take the time to spend with them. Thank you so much for sharing. God Bless

  2. I’m getting ever closer to being an empty nester. But, with 2 dogs and 5 cats I suppose you might say my nest will never be empty. LOL

  3. Linda Manns Linneman

    It is so hard and lonely when your children grow up and start their own lives. I was so lonely and missed having them around. My dog really helps a lot. I talk to her about everything and she loves me no matter what. Thank you so much for sharing this article

  4. My children are 4 and 6 years old, and they are such a joy. I will be so sad the day they leave my nest. I will have to fill my house with animals.

    1. Yes! Adopt don’t shop!! There are so many furbabies out there who are looking for a home. You can find yours at Petfinder they have listings for all the shelters and rescues across the US. If you are looking for a new pet check them out.

  5. Linda Manns Linneman

    I don’t know what we would do without our dog. She is so nice to cuddle with and I even talk to her a lot. Thank you for sharing this great article

  6. I definitely plan on getting a dog or two when my babies leave the nest! I can see how they would really help with the loneness of your children being gone.

  7. Thankfully I don’t have to worry about this for a few more years, but adopting a dog is a fantastic idea I wouldn’t have thought of. What a great way to enrich two lives!

  8. Linda Manns Linneman

    We love our dog so much. She is getting very old so I have been thinking about getting a second dog. They are so loving and so much company. Thank you for sharing

  9. Linda Manns Linneman

    Dogs are awesome pets. I don’t know what I would do without ours. She is always willing to cuddle when I am feeling down. She is excited when I get home. She even acts like she knows what I am talking about when I talk to her. Thank you so much for sharing this great article

  10. This was nice to read because I just lost my dog Sandee I had her 15 years. My beautiful baby girl, daughter and best friend. I’ve always had a pet this is the first time I have ever not had an animal. I’m list, lonely, sad. I need my babies. Looking for another, I’ve always had rescues so I want to rescue another one but it has to be under 10 pounds because my back is so bad. Please pray that I find one soon. Wow I unloaded on here, sorry

  11. Linda Manns Linneman

    I can’t even express how loved and appreciated our dog is. She is getting very old but just as sweet and loving as always. Thank you for sharing this great article

  12. Linda Manns Linneman

    I do not know if I could live without a dog. My dog is so much company and a great companion. Thank you for sharing this great article

    1. I am very much a cat person always have been but when I got my first little fluff ball when my kids moved out, I fell in love. There is nothing like the joy a dog has when you come home. I don’t think anyone has ever been as happy to see me just walk in the front door as my dog. My cat on the other hand sometimes acknowledges my existence and sometimes he doesn’t but that is what I love about my cat, that fierce independence combined with that melty ball of purr that snuggles under my chin.

  13. Linda Manns Linneman

    Pets are so much company. I don’t know what I would do without ours. she is always so happy to see me. Thank you so much for sharing this

  14. Linda Manns Linneman

    I just love our dog. She is so much company. It would be so hard to live without her today. Thank you so much for sharing

  15. My son is 5 yet I dread the day he will leave. He is my life. He is not just part of it and or a part of me he is my life.

  16. My husband and I adore dogs. Every dog we have ever had has been like a child to us. This article has great tips and suggestions.

  17. Linda Manns Linneman

    I had a tough time with empty nest syndrome. The house was so quiet. I can’t tell you how much my dog saved me. I could not live without her. Thank you so much for sharing

  18. Linda Manns Linneman

    Empty nest syndrome was aweful for me. My children were my life. Having a dog to care for and to talk to has really helped. Thank you for sharing this great article

  19. Athena Emmanouilidis

    Dogs are members of our family! They love unconditionally, they care always about us.They are amazing and I love them

  20. I just don’t know what I would do without my dog. She is so much company and so loving. She is always there for me. Thank you for this great article

  21. Our pets are always so loving and comforting. They love us unconditionally. We want to give our dog the best life possible

  22. My sister did get a puppy a few years ago after her son moved out on his own. She is so so happy and the dog does keep her laughing and is wonderful company to her.

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