Thursday, 10 July 2014

Feel Good Thursday

The members of the Cockapoo Owner's Club UK have dedicated today to 'Feed Good Thursday' and have been sharing all of the ways our dogs have helped us. There have been some truly amazing stories, and I have been an emotional wreck reading them all day. I felt inspired to write this post about 10 things that my incredibly special dogs have helped me with, that I'm sure will resonate with most dog owners.
  1. Laughter - no matter how bad a day you're having, there is nothing like watching dogs playing to cheer you up and make you laugh. My personal favourite is when Teddy and Kitty go on 'toilet roll stealing missions' and run around the house with their stolen goods, secretly passing them to each other as if they're in MI5.
  2. Healing - when you're feeling unwell dogs seem to instinctively know and are silently but surely there for you, giving you cuddles and kisses until you feel better. Panda is particularly good at this, and always seems to know where the pain is and lays on that part of your body.
  3. Loss - dogs help to ease the pain of loss by giving you something else to love and focus on.
  4. Unconditional love - no one will ever provide you with such selfless, unconditional love as your dog. Dogs don't care if you're rich or poor, happy or sad, all they want is to be with you.
  5. Keeping fit - it's so easy to fall into a pattern of not making the time to keep your body healthy by being active; however, when you have someone else relying on you, not getting up for a walk/ jog every day, rain or shine, is just not an option.
  6. Support - a dog is a non-judgmental, best friend, who will always be there for you no matter what you're going through. Every day for the past 6 years without fail, I have come home to Poppy's excited whimpers and wagging tail - there is no better feeling than someone being so excited to see you simply because they love you just for being you.
  7. Getting excited - dogs get excited by the smaller things in life, like their loved ones coming home from work or chasing after a pebble on the beach. I don't know about everyone else's dogs but Kitty has definitely taught me that sometimes it's okay to get so excited that you can't help but let a little wee out!
  8. Friendship - not only are your dogs the most lovingly, loyal friends you'll ever have, but when walking your dog or joining a dog club like the Cockapoo owners club, you become part of a loving, compassionate community and make amazing, life-long friends.
  9. Forgiveness dogs don't hold onto any negative feelings or harbor any grudges. No matter what has happened to them in their past, they always seem to find a way to love again.
  10. Living in the moment - a lot of us get so caught up worrying about the past or the future that we forget to live in the moment and enjoy the now. One thing that is inherently beautiful about dogs is that they only live in the present and are so much more care-free and happy because of it.

It is clear from reading members messages, that everyones' dogs have helped them in uniquely special ways. However, one thing that seems to be synonymous among all of the Cockapoo club members, is that whatever struggles you are facing in your every day life, be they big or small, there is no therapy or medicine better than sharing your life with a dog, or in my case 4 dogs!

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