By Jennifer Pollard
There is nothing quite like looking into the eyes of the pet that loves you. That is true love. When I think of the holiday celebrating love this month, I’m reminded of my many clients with their devoted, furry, four-legged friends. For many seniors who struggle with losses of family members and independence, it’s quite a feeling to have someone excited to see you and who needs you. Not all of my clients live at home any longer.
The importance of pet therapy programs at retirement communities can’t be praised enough. I remember from I was an administrator and the power of pets coming into the building. Residents’ moods changed and the excitement was palpable. For all of you pet lovers out there, here’s a song that captures the essence of that devoted love of your four-legged friends.
L is for the way you look at me
O is for the only one I see
V is very, very extraordinary
E is even more than anyone that you adore can
Love is all that I can give to you
Love is more than just a game for two
Two in love can make it
Take my heart and please don’t break it
Love was made for me and you
Originally an instrumental penned by Milt Gabler for Bert Kaempfert’s “Blue Midnight” album in 1964, this song was covered with added vocals by Nat King Cole for the title track of Cole’s last album released on Feb. 15, 1965 (before his death), aptly named, “L-O-V-E.” It’s the 50-year anniversary since this song’s release, and it’s still as relevant today as it was half a century ago.