I have five dogs; Cleo, Elvis, Roley, Minnie and Teddy, and nobody can bring me happiness like they can. They do it all year long, without having to give a reason. Here are the top 10 ways that my dogs make me happy –
They are hairy little comedians. My dogs crack me up. In fact, I don’t go one day without my dogs putting a smile on my face. Their antics, their excitement, their emotions, just everything about them makes me happy. I don’t know anyone else who makes me laugh like my dogs do everyday!
They know when I need cheering up. Dogs are able to pick up on human emotions in a way that most humans would find hard to do. If I am ever crying, Roley always gives me a little furry shoulder to cry on, and will lick my tears away.
Companionship at its best. Having my dogs around, I never have the chance to feel lonely. They are always there for me, even when I would rather some privacy like when sitting on the loo, Teddy finds this the most appropriate time to sit on my lap for a cuddle *eye roll*.
Cuddles. I don’t really need to say much more about this. Cuddles are amazing, and they release all kinds of happy endorphins. Doggy cuddles are the BEST!
They are great exercise motivators. We should all make some time to get outside and stop being house hermits all day. My dogs get so excited to go out for a walk, so having a furry companion (or a few of them in my case) motivate you to get some fresh air is always a great way to stay happy and in shape.
Naughty Puppy Eyes. Having five dogs I have had my fair share of naughty puppy moments, whether this be chewing up something they shouldn’t, peeing on the floor or in Teddy and Elvis’ case, standing on the dining table trying to lick up the smallest crumbs! Then the puppy-dog-eyes and expressions come out and it makes it impossible to stay mad. With one snuggle, the anger soon fades away.
Even the little things are worth celebrating. When was the last time you got so excited that you have to jump and down and howl? Dogs get excited like that over almost everything! The moment I come home, my lot are jumping for joy. If I pull out a new toy or treat, they can’t contain themselves. When we head out for a walk, they are over the moon! The little things are worth getting happy about, and my dogs remind me of that every day.
They help us socialise. Part of being human is interacting with other humans, and although some of us might not particularly like this, our non-human companions help us with it. When out walking my fur crew, I get to meet all kinds of people on their walks and if we are heading for the local dog park, it makes it easier knowing that most of the people there will having something in common with me: we love our dogs. Being able to communicate and share with other people makes us happier, and we have our dogs to thank for that.
Their happiness is contagious. Anyone that says they have seen a doggy smile and not smiled to themself is lying. The joy dogs feel is infectious, and when my dogs are giving me their cutest puppy grins, I immediately feel happier because I know they are happy.
Unconditional Love. My dogs provide me with something that’s almost impossible to find anywhere else – unconditional love. Knowing that you are loved can make you happy even in the darkest of times. Dogs constantly remind us that someone out there cares for us deeply no matter what we do or what mistakes we make.
And on that note, I am going to leave you with my favourite dog related quote…
“A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water log 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? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?”
How does you dog make you happy? Let me know in the comments below 🙂