At the ripe old age of thirty, thinking it may be time to bring a dog into my life, I visited a reputable dog breeder in White Rock, British Columbia, whose Chocolate Labrador had recently given birth to eleven tiny pups. After watching and interacting with these playful, pure souls for about ten minutes, I then did exactly what the books, and experienced dog owners, tell you not to do: I made a totally emotion based decision, telling the breeder that I would take puppy number four, who I named Kayla.
As I would soon learn, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. Jam-packed with phenomenal energy, Kayla was wild, didn’t listen, and ate everything. And if you have ever been around a Labrador Retriever, you know what I mean when I say ‘everything’. Oh, sure, like many Labs she would eat food til’ she vomited, like the time Kayla ate a tray of twelve warm muffins still in their paper liners, or somehow lifted the secure lid covering her kibble and scarfed the morsels down in dog record beating time until she heaved it all back up.
But being the free eater that she was, Kayla saw no reason to limit herself to what we usually think of as edible food. It was autumn, getting chilly, and I had bought a new jacket with a leather collar. On arriving home in late afternoon, the jacket, price tag and all, was left on the living room sofa. I was going out for the evening and would hang the jacket in the front hall closet the next day.
That was the plan. And the plan failed. Because when I returned, Kayla had consumed the entire collar! Upset at first, I quickly calmed when I looked at her. Sad eyes, tail between her legs, sitting still, it was as if she was trying to tell me, ‘hey man, you know, um, the collar, well, uh, I just couldn’t stop myself it was so darn tasty! But if you bring home another jacket with a tempting collar, I promise not to eat it because, I gotta tell you, I’m not feeling so hot right now’. For the next twenty-four hours, Kayla alternated between farting and pooping until the collar had completely exited.
Wagging Tails Light Up Our Life
Dogs are Amazing creatures. Truly. Do the research and you’ll come up with something like this:
- Healthy Heart. Dog people walk more, have lower blood pressure, and healthier hearts.
- Feel Good Hormone. Petting a dog releases chill out, stress reducing, relaxation hormones serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin. Flush the pharmaceuticals; petting a dog is more effective and has only positive side effects.
- Connect The Humans. Dogs help you connect with other people. Go for a walk or to a dog park, and you’re more likely to start chatting with a fellow dog person than if you were not accompanied by your four-legged friend. Connections are good. Connections feed our soul.
- Mood Booster. According to Web MD, dog folks are less lonely and visit health care practitioners less often because dogs contribute to your life’s meaning and sense of belonging.
- Increased Immunity. Dogs shed hair and bring a whole bunch of dirt into the house. This is a good thing! Because contrary to the mass neuroses infecting millions of hygiene overkill Purell users, exposure to dirt builds healthy immunity.
Dogs Make You Rich
Yes, they cost money, dogs do. They’re not an investment on which you’ll see any direct financial return. Obviously. But dogs contribute to your wealth in so many other ways.
For anyone who has been blessed to include a dog in their life, you know all this. And you know that whatever caregiving challenges your dog presents (i.e., eating your clothes), they make up for it a thousand times over by repeatedly asking you to play, wagging their tail in appreciation, coming to your side when you call their name, watching movies with you, treating you as if you belong to the canine world, treating you as if you are the most important person ever.
And all this makes you feel good. And feeling good contributes to your balanced health. And when we’re emotionally and spiritually healthy, we make wise financial decisions, we get our financial house in order by taking care of our needs, satisfying today’s wants only when we may afford to so, and investing for the future.
Curated Dog Quotes Intended To Elicit Smiles, Chuckles and Balanced Perspective
Car Rides. “Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear.” Dave Barry
Giving Heart. “A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water logged stick will do just fine. A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his. How many people can you say that about?” John Grogan
Happy Tails. “The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.” Anonymous
Hungry Dog. “A well-trained dog will make no attempt to share your lunch. He will just make you feel so guilty that you cannot enjoy it.” Anonymous
Staying Balanced. “In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.” Dereke Bruce
Feeling Rich. “No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich.” Loius Sabin
Best Friend. “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx
Good Person. My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog thinks I am.” Anonymous