I can’t decide if comparing my husband/care-receiver to a dog is funny or pathetic. However, the similarities between pets’ care and behavior and my guy are hard to dismiss. Here are some:
- He shadows me everywhere, wanting to be by my side.
- He gets anxious when he doesn’t know where I am.
- He loves to go for car rides.
- He sneaks food if I’m not watching.
- He makes messes that I clean up.
- He barks at other dogs (true).
- He’s loving and loyal.
- He’s grateful for my attention.
Many other caregivers, on reading this, will deem me fortunate. Dementia patients can be cantankerous and ungrateful. As yet, my dementia dog-man is agreeable and appreciative, which makes the caregiving easier.
When we’re out walking and we see someone with a dog, he says, “I’m glad we don’t have a dog. They’re so much work.”
I say a silent, “Amen to that!”