Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pet Therapy



For me there is life before dogs and life after dogs.  I'm sure this is the way people feel about their lives with children, and maybe that means I'm abnormally obsessed with my dogs. Although I promise I don't dress them up and push them around in strollers! 

I was out of town for several days and returned too late on Monday evening to pick up Mattie and Jade from the dog sitter.  The house was so quiet and empty that night, and it quickly reminded me of what life was like before they were around. Sure, I slept through a whole night without getting awoken by barking and was able to eat a meal without two greedy rat terriers trying to steal it from me, but looking back, man, that was boring and lonely!

It's stating the obvious to say pets bring you endless joy and unconditional love. Countless studies show they lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and help you live longer. Therapy pets bring comfort and support to people chronic conditions and make hospital stays a little more comfortable.

The last few days have been less-than-stellar, but no matter how upset I am, the pups make me smile...and laugh, because they are two of the goofiest dogs I've ever met.

They usually go in their crates when I'm not home, but recently I've been letting them "roam free," as I like to say, when I leave for a short time. Today I had a quick appointment, and when I got home you would have thought I was gone for a week. Now, who else in life is THAT excited to see you?

I'm so grateful I rescued these two crazy canines because they rescue me every day!

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