I have received more feedback on my “Dogs and Depression” and “Dogs Keep us Smiling” articles than any other that I have written so I think that I am past due in writing another article on how our pets help to make or keep us happy.
I go to sleep each night after I kiss both Bill and Cashmere. Clyde is a little more reserved so only snuggles with me during the night. I wake up each morning with a kiss from Bill and full on face washing from Cash. This is followed by Cashmere standing over me for her morning belly rub. Am I alone in the happiness that Cashmere brings me each and every day? Hell NO. I hear from so many friends and readers regarding the important role their pets play in there everyday life and there ability to survive when under stress.
You can normally tell a pet lover/owner right away. They are the ones who don’t mind when your dog jumps on them or for me, I am the 1st to get down on my knee and wrestle with a pup or pet a new kitty behind the ears. I have met some people at dog parks who speak to no one but melt when a dog comes up to say hi and lick their hand. Sometimes the unconditional love that pets share simply cannot match those of other humans.
I am now going to touch on a somewhat controversial subject. That being career animals, the ones who save lives, stop dangerous situations and protect their owners and others at all costs. I have met several retired police dogs, what amazing animals. I never approach a dog that is on duty. Just like I would not approach a police officer on duty unless I needed him or was just being polite in saying “hi”.
Too many of us take these animals for granted in the role they play in law enforcement. They grow up knowing the job and their Master. When something happens to their Master, they are lost just like we are when a loved one is sick. We need to take care of these pets just like they have taken care of their Master and the community.
Lastly, I would like to share that my pets have saved me. Saved me from lonely days, from feeling sorry for myself, for missing loved ones and most of all saved me from boredom and getting into trouble. My pets make me laugh and smile every single day. They make my days more fulfilling, encourage my level of exercise and give me a purpose to take the next step
“My Dog and Me” – John Hiatt