In honor of National Dog Day coming up on August 26th, I wanted to talk a little bit about the ways in which the puppies of my life have impacted my health and beauty on all levels. For those of you that have read my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m all about wellness and beauty of the mind, body and soul, and I’ve lived the tremendous positive impact that having a furry friend around can make on all of these levels.
In my family, we never had dogs growing up. We had cats because they were easier to take care of and my mom would not bend on the dog issue —believe me, my sister and I tried our very hardest. So I never really understood the bond between humans and dogs, and even kind of scoffed at people I deemed to be too *obsessed* with their dogs. Well I’m eating my words now…
Fast forward to more recent times, and my readers will know that in the last year, I lost my mom rather suddenly. At the same time that my mom was becoming very sick, my sister and her boyfriend decided to adopt a little French Bulldog puppy named Knox. This little animal was pretty much the only source of joy in our household for about a month and I watched my dad wake up early every morning to laugh and play with him on the porch. Then, in the aftermath of everything, I watched as little Knoxy continued to comfort and bring joy to my sister as we pushed through the most difficult time we’ve ever faced as individuals and as a family.
So inspired by the impact of Knox on our lives, my dad decided to rescue a dog himself. He found an older, 8 year old Jack Russel Terrier/ Chihuahua mix at a shelter and brought him home. My dad needed company, a companion, and something to love and he certainly found it (and that little dog won the doggie lottery 😀 ). I hear every single day how much Jackson has transformed my dad’s emotional wellbeing and brought him love in a time when he felt alone. And now my dad “gets it”. And honestly, I get it too.
It’s not just that dogs make people happy, it’s a much more profound connection than that.
In addition to the emotional comfort that Jackson brings my father, my dad has lost 10 pounds since December just by walking with him all the time! I bought him a Fitbit, and he counts his steps, takes the dog out multiple times a day, and has adapted a much healthier lifestyle.
About a year ago, I moved out to Chicago with my sister and her boyfriend, and we, too, always have something to do outdoors with Knox. He got us outside and moving all winter long despite the cold weather, and we take long walks along the beach with him just about everyday.
It’s no secret how I feel about the transformative abilities of fresh air, and Knox gives me a reason to always get outside and get fresh oxygen into my body.
Puppyspot.com gathered this information below about how dogs can improve our heart, mind, and body in ways that I definitely didn’t realize.
My opinion on animals has always been that they help us through our issues in life and even take on some of our emotional, physical, and mental stresses for us. I feel that when they get sick, they are helping relieve us of some stress, and they are always by our side to help us push past tough situations.
Anyone who has a pet has probably seen them come to your side when you’re crying or sad, as they can just feel your pain and know when you need love. I’m feeling sick lately and just yesterday I was at my sister’s house and Knox, who never really cuddles (he’s still a boisterous puppy) crawled right up into my lap and curled up to take a nap on me. There’s not a doubt in my mind that animals can help us lift our stresses and bring us peace in a way only they can do.
And it’s important to note that it’s not just the company that’s comforting — the energy that is just pure love that radiates from Knox and Jackson has truly transformative power that continues to heal us every day.
I almost got a dog myself at the same time that my mom passed away, but I watched my sister and her boyfriend navigate pet ownership for the first time and I felt that it was too much of a responsibility to take on alone at this time in my life.
I’m at their house almost every single day, and I watch him when they go away so I get plenty of time in with our little pain in the butt. You can check out all the puppies waiting for a new home at PuppySpot HERE.
What do you guys think on this issue? Do you have a dog? And if so, have you had similar experiences of feeling like they bring ease to your life?
I’ll leave you with a little Frenchie guide that PuppySpot gave me to share, for all of you Frenchie-crazy people out there like us! 🙂