Every time I read the thread on Pets it makes a wee bit sad. I wish I could have a dog of my own. But like I said before, I don't believe in having a pet if you can't afford to give it the best of care. Vets, proper food, daily walks in all kinds of weather, etc. And I just can't. I don't have enough income to include his care. And I certainly can't take a dog out for walks twice a day.
Every night Spike shows up here with Teddy at seven o'clock. We have a routine. He jumps up on me and then my bed. He wants his neck and back scratch. And for some strange reason of his own, he likes to lick my arm. I let him. As long as it is not my face. Then he jumps down, goes to his bowl and has a long drink of water. He made my bath mat his own so it now sits in the living room near where Spike sits. And he then plops down for a long nap. When Spike stays for more than an hour, he wakes up and comes for his next scratching session. Sometimes he crawls under my blanket and goes to sleep there. I love the time I spend with him. (And Spike too.) And I can't help spoiling him. He can have anything in my home that he wants.
But he is not my dog. Each time he is here, he has to go home at some point with Spike. Teddy has proven to be a life saver for Spike since his wife died. He gives Spike a reason for living. And I certainly wouldn't want to take that away.
I know all the reasons for having a pet for older citizens. They live longer, give them a purpose in life, are healthier, etc. And they are less likely to have depression. So I will have to always settle for just visits with him. I know that every night I will get to spend time with him again tomorrow.