Hello Friends, Winston here!
I felt some warm sunshine on my nose this morning, it must be close to spring! I love spring because it means a lot more walks and romps outside with my people, which is so great because I love spending time with them. It makes me feel really happy and I’ve heard it’s even good for my health. A happy dog is a healthy dog, right? Right. But did you know that a happy, healthy dog can also mean a happy, healthy person? It’s true! I’ve been reading about how having a pet can benefit you, and there’s a whole bunch of really interesting reasons!
1. A Healthy Immune System
If you’re anything like the millions and millions of people who have allergies, studies have shown that having a pet can help boost your immune system’s functionality and make it easier for you to heal after illness and infections. They even found that having a dog around can help prevent babies from getting RSV, a serious respiratory infection. Well, dogs are cute and babies are cute, so this sounds like a win-win situation.
2. Reduced Stress and Lower Blood Pressure
I’m sure science is super cool if you can understand all the long words they use, but all I know is that having a wonderful dog around (ahem), or even a cuddly cat in your lap has been shown to lower a person’s blood pressure and help them stay calmer under tense moments of high stress. If you ever doubted how much your pup loves you, this should be the best evidence.
3. Better Fitness
Remember how I told you that I love spring because I get to go on a lot of walks? Well, walking isn’t just good for me, it’s good for my people, too! I know sometimes it’s hard to think about putting on your sneakers (that smell amazing, by the way) and hitting the sidewalk for a little bit after a long, hard day. But if it’s something that’s really good both both our hearts, bones, and brains, I think it’s a good decision. Having a dog is like having a small, furry personal trainer.
4. Staying Social
Being a dog right now is so great because lots of cities and neighborhoods have these incredible utopias of dog fun called Dog Parks. A park just for dogs! Cats aren’t even allowed! Anyway, dog parks are a great way for dog people to show up and make new friends of the dog and human variety. Making new friends and keeping an active social life is certainly a benefit, and we sure do love to mingle.
5. Turn That Frown Upside Down
Let’s face it, there are days when the dog park, the jogging trail, and even the backyard are just out of the question. Whether you’re just exhausted or not really feeling like yourself, having a dog on these days is still a perk. We really just want to be with you, so even on your worst day, your four-legged friend can help you feel less alone. We depend on you for almost everything, and have only our heart and companionship to offer. But we know that sometimes when things seem kind of tough, having a friend is the only thing you need in life at that moment. That’s what we’re here for!
There sure are a lot of other reasons to have a pet, and I hope you’ll consider adopting a furry friend if you don’t already have one!
Paws and Kisses,