My husband is falling more regularly now. We have a most wonderful dog (a Toller) who is so intelligent and just a fab personality and my saving grace these days. But because we are in a 55+ retirement village, we do not have a garden, so Saxon has to be walked several times a day. I always ensure my husband has everything to hand before I got out with the dog and make him promise not to move off the sofa till I get back. Of course on the odd occasion he has ignored this and I get back to him on the floor. Therefore Saxon is not getting the length of walk he needs as I am obviously rather stressed to what is happening at home and if hubby fallen and hurt himself. So over the weekend I took the emotion out of everything and considered that for Saxon's sake he needed to be re-homed as this wasn't fair on him. He is a well cared for and rather spoilt, in a good way, when at home, we play with his numerous toys and he is treated as one of the family so the decision was utterly destroying but his welfare comes first. After thinking I would need to let him go, a lady called me and said try contacting The Cinnamon Trust, they are there to help in these situations. So I am posting because if anyone else is having to struggle with pets in anyway, this charity based in Cornwall, UK will listen to your situation and can offer everything from volunteers doing day dogwalks to temporary respite in a volunteer home to taking the pet (when an elderly person has to go into care but cannot take the pet) into their home and ensuring the owner gets regular photos, letters etc on how the pet is continuing. They do this for both the elderly and people who have terminal illness. I was accepted provisionally yesterday and there is about a week of getting stuff ready, including a trial dog walk with Saxon and then I should get two long walks for him a day. That will mean I can do the comfort morning and night breaks and not be too stressed. I cannot afford daily dog walkers, but if this comes off I shall certainly be making a monthly donation. Being able to keep Saxon is better than winning any lottery. So if anyone needs help, they are a phone call away and extremely caring
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