Dog lovers will be the first to tell you that there are many ways that dogs make our lives better. We can attest to this from personal experience.
Growing up, I was never allowed to have any pets. Every Christmas, I’d ask Santa Claus for a white kitten. You know, the kind from the toilet paper commercial! I always wanted a blue-eyed, white, long-haired kitten. Every year, Santa would not deliver.
My mom kept telling me it was because I was allergic to cats and dogs, and Santa knew that. It’s true. I did have an allergy to cat and dog dander. However, the allergy prick/scratch test also showed that I was allergic to dust, mold, and cigarette smoke, yet my parents still smoked.
Anyway, long story short, I’ve always wanted a kitten or a puppy. I did eventually get my own puppy…when I moved out of my parents’ home!
Chance was my baby long before I had a baby of my own. Chance is the reason my Twitter handle is @chancesmommy. He was my very first “baby”.
Sadly, he passed away last year. When I think of Chance, I think of all the ways dogs make our lives better.
10 ways dogs make our lives better
Though I am positive that there are many other ways dogs make our lives better, here are my top ten!
- Dogs give us unconditional love – Our favourite canines live to please us and be with us.
- Dogs help keep us active (by going out for daily walks and playing outside)
- Dogs bring out the big kids in us with their entertainment and goofiness (they make us laugh)
- Dogs are our protectors
- Dogs provide companionship
- Dogs can help calm you down when you are stressed
- Dogs help connect us with people we may not have otherwise met
- Dogs can help family members connect – Think about the relationship your kids have with their pet(s). I know in our family, our pup, Cupcake brings us closer. We enjoy spending time all together taking Cupcake for a swim at the lake or for a hike.
- Dogs are great motivators – They give us a reason to get out of bed every morning or go for a walk/jog/run every day. We have to come home every evening too, because we need to let them out, feed them, walk them, play with them, love them.
- Dogs help us appreciate the simple things in life
When Chance was 11 years old, we brought Cupcake into our home.
The new pup learned a lot from our older dog. They were buddies and were inseparable. Cupcake felt the loss just as much as we did when Chance passed away.
One this is sure — Pets teach you as much (if not more) than we teach them. They enrich our lives in ways I could never have imagined. In return, they require our love, attention, and care.
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Can you think of other ways dogs make our lives better?
Disclosure – This post contains links from past posts that have been written in collaboration with Purina Canada as part of the #PurinaPetPeople ambassador program. All thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.