Those of us who are lucky enough to know the love of a doggie friend are well aware that the relationship is a special bond. We provide a safe environment, a loving home, care and feeding and, most importantly, a personal touch that communicates our deep feelings.
In return, doggies are at the ready to return the love in happy times and times of sadness. Just their presence is often invaluable to affecting our mood, but they give us so much more.
“Animals play an important role in many people’s lives. In addition to seeing-eye dogs and dogs that can be trained to detect seizures, animals can also be used in occupational therapy, speech therapy, or physical rehabilitation to help patients recover. Aside from these designated therapeutic roles, animals are also valued as companions, which can certainly affect the quality of our lives.”
“Over 71 million American households (62%) have a pet, and most people think of their pets as members of the family. Some research studies have found that people who have a pet have healthier hearts, stay home sick less often, make fewer visits to the doctor, get more exercise, and are less depressed. Pets may also have a significant impact on allergies, asthma, social support, and social interactions with other people.”
Our doggies are the best listeners and never judge. They give us confidence. They lessen anxiety and they continually provide unconditional love. They teach us patience, forgiveness and how to smile with our eyes.
A toast to all of our special Valentines!