Fans fumed at a controversial Good Morning Britain, which she claimed is “selfish”Seniors can have a pet dog.
Adil Ray and Susanna Reid opened up a conversation on this hot topic. Jilly Cooper, a novelist, revealed how she plans to get another furry friend at the ripe old age of 84.
Lara Asprey, columnist joined the show to oppose older animal lovers investing in a pet can as they approach the end of their lives “later stages of life.”
Because of the animal’s emotional, and physical wellbeing in the event that its owner dies unexpectedly, the reporter advised against welcoming a perfect dog into the home.
She argued: “You have to be considerate to the dog, it needs to have a home it can live in for its life too. It’s a sense of responsibility.”
Laura continued to express her confusion over why pensioners want sole responsibility for an animal. She suggested they could join forces to share ownership.
“I think the elderly could, if they wanted to, share a dog, borrow a dog, or just have an arrangement with a friend or family member before getting a dog to say if anything happens to me, will you be its guardian?
“Otherwise, I feel it’s not really fair on the dogs, it’s a bit selfish,”She continued.
Jan Lemming (79 years old) strongly disagreed with her opinion and highlighted the care that is taken to pair elderly owners with rescue dogs at shelters.
She argued: “You can take on a dog at 30, you can have a child at 30 and sadly you might pass away. I think that’s a bit narrow.”
And it’s fair to say many of the viewers at home agreed with her as fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts online.
One user penned: “Absolute rubbish @GMB if it wasn’t for the fact that my elderly Dad had a dog after my mum passed away his would have been much shorter, it gave him the motivation to get out every day & get on with his life.”
Another argument was: “If someone is fit enough to walk a dog, play with it, feed it and clear up after it then they should have one.
“Also an 80+ person doesn’t need a puppy but the likes of Battersea have older dogs that need homes, so people should stop being ageist.”
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