A pet could be the secret to happiness in retirement

Over60 native article for AustralianSuper

Anyone who grew up with a pet – or owns one today – will vouch for what an amazing addition they can make to the family. From encouraging us to get active to simply providing some much-appreciated love and company, furry friends can have a multitude of positive impacts on our lives – especially in retirement.

Sixty-five-year-old Over60 community member Barbara Easthope is one of many Australians who are reaping the rewards of pet ownership in retirement. In the time after making the sea change from Canberra to South Australia’s Copper Coast, Barbara and her husband sadly lost their two dogs and cats.

“We decided no more animals,” she explains. “They were a burden, an expense, and we didn’t want the pain of having to have ailing animals put down, and we were going to travel.”

However, she and her husband found that travelling – and caravanning in particular – wasn’t for them, and soon returned home and began considering the possibility of getting another pet.

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