Alison Michael
Alison Michael, Editor-in-Chief

Editor’s note, Summer 2022

My love for animals is deep. I grew up with them and got a dog as an adult, as soon as I knew I was responsible enough to take care of one. Fast forward to today. We have our second English Labrador retriever, Lola, and, thanks to my husband and son, our rescue cat named Cato. While I never considered myself a “cat person,” I can emphatically say that changed when he came into our lives. He has me wrapped around his little paws. He’s a character and I love him as much as Lola.

Bringing Cato on vacation isn’t an option…
but Lola is another story
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She loves a good car ride and is always up for an adventure. The look of anticipation on her face and curiosity abounds. That said, bringing her on vacation with us is something that takes much thought and consideration. A few years ago, we took her on our weeklong beach vacation in Delaware and, while it was wonderful to have her with us creating memories, it was definitely another layer of responsibility. Bringing her is not something we consider for all our trips, but on that drivable beach vacation she had a blast and we loved having her along for the ride. 

If you’re thinking about bringing your “Rover” vacationing with you, be sure to check out one of our cover features to learn how to safely and enjoyably travel with your dog. 

Here’s to a great summer from all of us at 55+ Life—including our pets!

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