Fighting Empty Nest Syndrome With The Love Of A Dog



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. In fact, nothing quite prepares you for it. You can sometimes feel really 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 any more. If this sounds like the perfect solution for you, here’s what you should do.


Do Some Research


First of all, you’re going to want to look into what it’s like to have a dog. Or what kind of dog you want. And if you have health concerns, this is especially important as you’ll want a dog that suits your lifestyle. 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 that you need to get the home ready. Time dog sitting has probably taught you this. And then, you need to turn to things like TreeHousePuppies to find out what else to get. From foot to grooming stuff and then toys and feeding equipment, make sure you have it all ready.


Pick Your Pup


The next job is to actually 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 on 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, 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 into the swing of your new life with a fluffy friend!


(45) Comments

  1. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    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. Wendy Pence says:

    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. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I am more of a cat person but pets make life so much better. They certainly bring comfort.

  4. Corey Olomon says:

    My youngest is 14 and I’m already worried about my “empty nest”. My kids are my life!

  5. Amber Kolb says:

    Dogs are such wonderful additions to a family. They really can be a great support system and a best friend.

  6. Molli Taylor says:

    i am 41 and not empty nesting buut my kids are in school and i got the best dog!

  7. Sarh S says:

    Dogs are great for so many things. They are definitely the best companions!

  8. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    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

  9. 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.

  10. Sarah L says:

    If you are thinking about getting a dog, go to a shelter. That’s the best place to find a dog and give it a good home.

    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.

  11. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    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

  12. Debbie P says:

    I can’t have a dog where I live now but when I move I am getting one. Thanks for the great and informative article.

  13. I prefer cats over dogs, but any pets are great for comfort and fighting loneliness.

  14. Lauryn R says:

    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.

  15. Brittany Raisor says:

    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!

  16. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    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

  17. Mya Murphy says:

    I can’t have a dog where I live, but I love pets.. This would help to bring some comfort back into the home.

  18. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    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

  19. Paula Pennachio says:

    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

    1. It is really hard to lose a pet. I hope you find a new love soon.

  20. samantha says:

    This really works. I have heard of several people it works for to.

  21. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    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

  22. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    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

  23. I am more of a cat person but pets make life so much better. They certainly bring comfort.

    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.

  24. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    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

  25. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    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

  26. Molli Taylor says:

    my youngest child just started school and we got a dog. i love her so much

  27. samantha says:

    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.

  28. alice f says:

    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.

  29. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    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

  30. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    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

  31. gloria says:

    I love both dogs and cats and we should always adopt if we can to ensure deserving pets find a loving home

  32. Athena Emmanouilidis says:

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

  33. Athena Emmanouilidis says:

    I love Dogs! They love and respect us as much as we love and respect them.

  34. Sherry Proch says:

    My middle son took our dog with him and I’ve been pining for one since! I need to go and adopt another

  35. Linda Linneman says:

    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

  36. I realy rely on my dog and he gets spoiled.

  37. kathy pease says:

    Great post. My kids are all grown and moved out now we have our australian shepard Duke who keeps us busy 🙂

  38. Denise Low says:

    My sister n law never want a dog until she got one. And now he is just like her baby.

  39. Linda Linneman says:

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

  40. Tamra Phelps says:

    Dogs are a nice way to combat loneliness. Having that little (or large!) buddy around is always nice.

  41. Jessilee Raub says:

    My daughters only 9 but I already figured I will need many pets once she is grown!

  42. Maryann D. says:

    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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