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.”