3 years ago I made an impulsive decision to drive to Saskatchewan and get a dog. So far I have no regrets, in fact this has turned out to be one of the best decision of my life. My dog has managed to restore balance to my at times chaotic and overworked life. She is always the first one to greet me when I get home at night and hyperventilates out of excitement, which is both cute and kind of scary.
Medically, pets can provide substantial health benefits for their owners. Pets help reduce stress, increase personal fitness and act as an anti-depressant by putting a smile on their owners face. Pets also provide someone to talk to when no one else will listen.
Over the past few years my dog has taught me a number of valuable life lessons, which I try to live up to.
- Get excited when you see your family, friends and co-workers
- Take time for a nap
- Play each and every day
- Go for a walk
- Routine is ok
- Treats are ok, sometimes
- Drink plenty of water
- Your body language says a lot
- Stay curious
- Forgive and forget quickly
- Life is short
- Talk to your neighbour
If dogs are not for you, then consider getting a cat like Dr. Bakelaar or a whole bunch of fish like my friend Pete. Good medicine doesn’t always have to come in the shape of a pill.