If you’re getting older and are thinking of a retirement home, ever considered the same for your dog? Japan’s Roken Honpo as a retirement community, so to speak, isspecially designed for senior dogs to get the care and assistance they need at the end of their lives and gives owners an alternative to having them put down unnecessarily. Akiko Hoshino has a 17-year-old Shiba Inu that can’t walk on her own anymore. Hoshino opted to put her dog in Roken Honpo’s care, because while she’s old and sickly enough to need extra care, she’s not so sick that she needs to be put down. The facility deals with various ailments in the dogs they care for, including Alzheimer’s, joint problems, and vision issues. The dogs are also seen regularly by a vet to ensure that everything that can be done to help them is being done. And while this retirement facility can be costly for people to put their dogs into (about $660 per month), it can help prolong their lives in a comforting way.
(Source: Hedy Phillips,; Image: fish4dogs.com)