It’s been awhile since my last post. But, we are back!
DoggieNotebook.com first started off as a way for me to help my foster dogs get adopted. We had many foster dogs in the past. My two dogs (Bolt and Jack) were foster dogs from George but now, they are permanently part of our family. I decided to bring back this blog after all these years in hopes to shed some light on fostering dogs, adopting dogs and having dogs as part of your life/family. I hope to share stories and experiences that may help those who may be interested in having a four-legged furry animal as part of their family. Please excuse the mess around here while I start setting up this blog again. In the meantime, I’d like to first begin to share some of the benefits of having a dog as a part of your life.
Firstly, dogs are known for their loyalty and affection towards their owners. They provide unconditional love and support and can help to improve mood and reduce stress levels.
Secondly, owning a dog can encourage physical activity and improve overall health. Regular walks, playing in the park and other forms of exercise with a dog can help to boost fitness levels, improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of obesity.
Thirdly, dogs can also improve social connections and relationships. Owning a dog can provide opportunities to meet and interact with other dog owners, leading to new friendships and a sense of community.
Fourthly, dogs can provide a sense of security and protection to their owners. They can alert their owners to potential dangers and provide a sense of comfort and safety.
In addition, dogs can also have therapeutic benefits for individuals with mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. They can provide comfort, stability and a source of distraction from negative thoughts. Moreover, owning a dog can also have educational benefits for children. Children can learn responsibility, empathy, and develop nurturing skills by caring for their pet. This last part is something I see everyday with my young children and our 2 pups.
With these benefits, dogs (and cats!) can bring great value to your life. But, it is a responsibility that one shouldn’t take for granted. It does take work, organization and lots of love.