Puppy Love

How do you get a Floridian to jog in the snow?

Having a dog is a sure-fire way to increase your snow travels, even if you come from a place that has never had snow on its forecast. On this past winter’s coldest days here in Romania, I have my dog to thank for getting me out and about. Yes, my toes were numb, but that didn’t matter because we were having fun!

My dog does so much for me personally:

  • He gets me to jog on the days that I am not feeling up for the challenge.
  • He gets me to play with him all the time which actually helps me with my patience.
  • He is there to keep me company when others have to be gone from home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JBke_ukVpI

I hope that you find this video as useful as I did. This video reassured me of the following benefits of having a dog while living with Multiple Sclerosis:

  • Lowers depression, anxiety, stress, and blood pressure
  • Potential therapy because of the special role(s) they fill
  • Confidence and protection are increased
  • Keeps you fit because you remain super active!
  • Adds purpose and meaning to your day
  • Creates structure because of their reliance on you
  • Encourages outside time and play
  • Gives you an exuberant friend… they help combat loneliness

Do you have a dog? How has your dog helped you? I would enjoy reading what your dog does for you so please share your stories below.

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Christy πŸ™‚

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24 thoughts on “Puppy Love

  1. Zanele says:

    I don’t have a dog at my house right now but I grew up in a home with dogs. Both my late father and grandfather loved dogs and so.does my mother she still gets one now and then. I love dogs too but one of my son’s isn’t yet quite comfortable with dogs he’s 3yrs old by the way. However I think dogs are literally designed to give us hope, patience and company. You have cute dog there. Enjoy your day. Great post.

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  2. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    I had a German Shepherd growing up. I named him Max because he reminded me of the dog on Mad Max…. would like to have another one! Very intelligent and loyal breed.

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  3. vicklea says:

    I used to have a dog, a little Pekingese who had to be put to sleep after he got cancer. But we spent almost 15 years together. You’re so right! Dogs are good companions and keep you active. Now I’m enjoying my kitty Daisy.

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  4. ruthsoaper says:

    I agree with all of the benefits you listed and so much more. Scout and Trooper have been part of our family for 12 and 9 years now and I it’s gonna be a sad day when they are no longer with us. Even though I can’t imagine anyone replacing them I do thin I will always have a dog.

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