When you choose a senior pet get as much background on your new family member as you can. If you chose a dog, is house trained? How well does it interact with other people, other animals, and of course, children? When your new friend can move in and just focus on you, the two of you can bond. That bonding process relieves a lot of the initial stress you both feel in the beginning. Before you know it, coming home to your new family will release your work day stress as soon as you see her. That"s how it was for me. I was single and lived alone. I had two cats, but I had to admit that the bond I quickly established with Honey Bear eased my loneliness. In fact, I think my cats, who were only one year old when Honey Bear joined us,, learned how to connect with me better just from observing the dog. Older cats can make the same powerful bonds that older dogs make.. Psychologists say the wisdom of senior animals helps ease depression in their owners who suffer with clinical sadness. We need older animals. Older animals have been known to help save marriage, too. My doctor recently told me that when he was doing his internship working ridiculously long hours, his new wife was at home suffering separation anxiety from her new husband and developing depression. That's when he brought home a dog that made all the difference. My doctor says the dog helped save his marriage. Finally, older animals with their wisdom and maturity have the patience some children need to help them calm down and come out of their shells. Many people suffering an emotional upset or setback in life benefit from the calming effects of a senior animal. When my successful life in Chicago came to an end, Honey Bear and the cats gave me something to live for. We need older animals.