My senior dog decided to stop eating so I meander into our local pet shop and on the advice of a friend chose Royal Canin brand, thinking we’d be out in five minutes flat, but half an hour later I still stood in a wide empty aisle reading fine print only visible with my new dependency— reading spectacles. Isles of bags of various puppy foods: one for poodles, another for Maltese, and yet another for collies and shiatzus, topped off by food for larger dogs. Although we left with one bag— I wondered what would happen to a more elderly person standing in that same aisle with similar choices and how could they even decide? As a middle-aged sober and intelligent woman, I’m having my own troubles, as my mutt has all those bloodlines, and I still have difficulty making up my mind.
Diana Raab, PhD, is an award-winning memoirist, poet, blogger, speaker, and author of 10 books and is a contributor to numerous journals and anthologies.
Her two latest books are, “Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life,” and “Writing for Bliss: A Companion Journal.”
Her poetry chapbook, “An Imaginary Affair,” was recently published in July 2022 with Finishing Line Press.
She blogs for Psychology Today, Thrive Global, Sixty and Me, Good Men Project, and The Wisdom Daily and is a frequent guest blogger for various other sites.