I actually grew up with dogs. Being in South-Africa, we kinda always had dogs for protection. We had so many different varieties, I lost count but for every moment of my childhood there was always a favourite friend to share my life.
We are looking after a little dog for my boss at the moment and I forgot how much fun having a dog is!
Here are my thoughts:
1. They are always happy to see you
It is great to come home and have someone be excited every time that happens. Dogs do that! They get so excited and are so happy to get a little bit of attention. You can’t help but feel happy when you are around a happy little fluffy friend 🙂
2. They kinda make you go out and exercise
I came home tonight and having had to go to the dentist, felt a little tired and a little grumpy. Well, the poor little Trigger was so excited to have some company and some entertainment, that he was really excited to see me. I was happily sitting on the couch, chilling out but he kept giving me that sad look, like “play with me” or “take me for a walk”. I felt sorry for him, sitting around all day in his little garden…. so it made me go for a walk. I walked for an hour and dogs always ensure you walk at a reasonable pace!
3. It makes us have some stability in our lives
I know I am one to talk – this is my 3rd home this year! When you have a dog, you have to settle somewhere fairly permanent – mainly because it is hard to rent places that take dogs or you need a house, that you own….
According to Deepak Chokra, one of our personality traits is that we lack routine and stability, which causes our Vata to become out of balance. This is one way to get some stability in our lives.
Hmmmm something for me to think about getting 🙂
4. You need to live somewhere, where there is abit of land or garden space.
Well, for most larger dogs anyways :). Land or garden space is really great for women with endo as we can grow some of our own vegetables and herbs. Growing your own stuff is so much better than buying it! You know where it has come from and you can spray it whatever you like. It is always heaps cheaper than buying organic stuff and really rewarding to pick your own dinner!
5. It gives us something to love and nurture
I know for many of us, our goal is to fall pregnant and have a baby. I know dogs and babies are not the same but at least you can let out some of that motherly nurturing out on something! It is rewarding to care and love dogs. They respond so well and give back so much. It is always great to learn how to discipline something – I know I am a complete softy with dogs! Kids needs heaps of discipline and when you are ready, at least you would’ve learned some of the skills by having a dog.
I know I totally want a dog right now! 🙂
Just gotta figure out a way that I can get the garden, stability and discipline side sorted! ha ha
Do you have dogs? What type? What are their names? Do you hate dogs or don’t see the benefits?
Feel free to share 🙂