One of the primary tenants of the Sanctuary is the idea that senior dogs are not solely of the canine variety. For us, a senior dog is someone with significant life experiences and who possess a special kind of wisdom that can be used for the benefit of the community. No one embodies the spirit of this idea quite like Mr. G, a cheerful and smooth talking resident of the dementia care facility (DCF).
Mr. G is a former high school teacher and coach who loves to talk about his favorite students athletes and fond memories he has from his days working and living in Lake Tahoe. Settling in the Lake Tahoe area long before it became a popular destination and place to own a vacation home, Mr. G will tell you about buying land for less than $1,000 per acre and building a home with his own two hands where he lived with his wife and children.
After his wife passed, and his health began to decline, Mr. G was no longer able to live independently. Now-a-days, he seems to derive pleasure from two activities: jigsaw puzzles, and swooning all the single ladies who reside at DCF. Due to the longer life expectancy rates for women, the male to female ratio at these facilities is often slanted in favor of the fairer sex, and Mr. G has no problem filling the gap. He keeps all the ladies on the toes with some harmless flirting, dancing, and the occasional smack on the lips. And believe you me... the ladies love it!
As to whether or not things progress further than that behind closed doors, all I can say is while Mr. G maybe a big flirt, but he does not kiss and tell. However, a recent NY Time article on the issue stated that, "...retirement communities and assisted living facilities are becoming like college campuses. They cram a lot of similarly aged people together, and when they do, things naturally happen." Sex among the residents of these facilities is rampant and on the rise; I bet there is a Mr. G in every one of these places.
With medical advances improving vitality into old age, and pharmaceutical companies marketing ED pills on day time television, it is no wonder that the older generation is still getting their kicks. And to all the Mr. G's of the world, I would just like to say, "Keep up the good work you old dog!"