Elderly Does Not Equal Disabled

Posted on by Mary Shafer

Author Valerie Lee VeltreAuthor Valerie Lee Veltre

Today’s post is by guest blogger Valerie Lee Veltre, author of the wonderful book Moo Kitty Finds A Home. We’re pleased to welcome Val as our first-ever guest blogger, and hope she’s just the beginning of us being allowed to share our platform here with a long line of critter people who love the almost perfect furkids as much as we do. I think you’ll find her post thought-provoking, as I did. I encourage you to comment and let Val know what you think!

Moo Kitty Finds A Home book cover

In most countries, society reveres and cherishes its elders. Here in America, elderly means you are no longer relevant.

Popular culture loves youth and all things shiny and new. Being young, or at least the illusion of youth is associated with being attractive, healthy, fun…somehow superior. Old equals undesirable, weak, broken…even disabled.

As a whole, we are still a throwaway society. Your knick-knack lose its luster? Throw it out. There is something better out there—unless, of course, it’s worth a mint on the Antiques Roadshow. You can sell it to buy more stuff. This attitude permeates how we value our environment, our families, and even our pets.

What happens when an elderly animal no longer has a home? More than likely she will end up in a shelter.  Why? She might be greying, arthritic, blind or toothless. She might be a little threadbare. She probably needs some TLC. She won’t be as pretty as the kitten two cubbies over.

She’s old, so why would you want her? You should want her because she is old. She has spent her life being the companion of someone who loved her. She gave happiness, comfort, joy and love. She had an important job. She was better at it than a lot of humans. She was loyal and noble and honest. And because of that, she is relevant.

The elderly animal has some years left, and still wants that job. She will teach you that with the passing of time, age does indeed come, but so do enrichment and value and usefulness. She deserves that recognition from you. All of our elders do, regardless how many legs they may have.

Next time you find yourself looking into the eyes of a real live “velveteen rabbit” in need of a home, consider bringing her home with you.

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6 Responses to “Elderly Does Not Equal Disabled”

  1. Barbara Techel

    What an absolutely beautiful post. I had tears in my eyes reading it. Elderly or disabled, they are all beautiful to me.
    I learned quickly with having a disabled dog that not everyone can accept and see the beauty in them- just like the elderly animals- and people for that matter.
    Your book, Valerie and your sharing of thoughts I know will help pave the way to see all the positive and loveliness in the elderly and human kingdoms.
    Bless you for your wonderful work.

  2. Cora Shaw

    I have a senior dachshund with IVDD (11 yrs), and 2 cats that are in their early teens. The other dog is 6 and the other 2 cats are 7 & 8. We love our furbabies…issues and all. They are all rescue animals. Please consider adopting a senior today.

  3. Barbara Techel

    Whoops- I meant to say elderly critter and human kingdoms. My fingers couldn’t keep up with my mind. 😉

  4. Val Veltre

    Thank you Mary for inviting me as your very first guest blogger! My pleasure!

    Thanks also to you Barbara for your kind words and support.

    Much appreciated!

  5. Mary Shafer

    Just wanted to let everyone know that Val’s awesome book recently won the coveted — and difficult to win — Mom’s Choice Award for 2012! I know authors with dozens of books under their belts who want so bad to win this award and never have. And here comes Val, right out of the chute with her first book. WOW! Congratulations, Val — well deserved!