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Truth be told, I’d like to put a picture of my Rudy in every single blog post. I’ve also thought about starting an Instagram just for pictures of him too. He’s seriously the light of my life. And since I’ve been a dog owner for more than two years, I thought it was time to talk about all the good things he brings to my life, many of which support my healthy lifestyle.
Five reasons having a dog is good for your health
1. Dogs make you get out of bed and get fresh air each morning.
While you’ve already seen me sing the praises of working out first thing in the morning for the health benefits, another thing we should all be doing is spending some time outdoors right after waking. The fresh air, the Vitamin D (if the suns out), and the smell of trees and grass and flowers and plants is good for the heart and soul. It sets the tone for a good day. When you’ve got a dog to take care of, you have to wake up, put on your sweatpants and head outside to let them do their business. While you may be the one “taking” them out, they’re actually the ones who are dragging you along for your own good. (And you get extra points for putting your bare feet on the grass in the morning, because it’s a thing called “earthing,” and it balances the neurons in your body. True story!)
2. Dogs help you to get more organic movement each day.
How many of you are adamant about your four to five workouts each week, but then spend the rest of your time sitting in a desk chair or sitting in your car? It’s not good. Even if we work out, those other 10 to 12 hours spent sitting are so bad for the body and the blood flow. However, when you have a doggie, you have to take them out on regular walks and potty breaks. You get on the floor to do fetch. You run around the living room trying to make them do tricks. They make you move, and movement is medicine. Thank them for that! They are helping you to stay limber, limit injuries and even improve your posture.
3. Dogs help to reduce your stress with their love.
I was recently on a terrible phone call during the workday at home that stressed me out. However, the other person on the line didn’t know that I had Rudy in my lap. He was staring up into my eyes as I was petting his head. It made everything seem right in the world. I’m admittedly, a fairly high-stress person, and something about petting a dog or having their little (or big) body near you, just lowers the cortisol hormones and levels you out. Tough day? Hug your dog. Bad headache? Hug your dog. Too many bills to pay? Pet your dog.
4. Dogs help you meet new people and be more social.
When you take your dog for a walk in my neighborhood of Walnut Creek, people will come up to you and pet him and/or want to talk about him. While I’m pretty social, I’m also a little reserved when it comes to chatting up strangers. However, having Rudy has let me be much more open to stopping to have conversation with everyday people who we pass. And you know what, afterward, I’m always happy that I did. I have to thank my little white pup for that.
5. Dogs make you appreciate the little things in life.
A few weeks ago, Dave said this to me “All Rudy has in his life is walks and us,” and for some reason, that statement made me weep. Loser? Dork? Call me what you will, but it made me happy/sad because it’s so true. Rudy lives for quality time with his people, for fresh air, for games of fetch. He doesn’t care how he looks, he doesn’t care how we look, he doesn’t care about money or jobs or social status, or cars or events, he just lives his little life getting excited for his little routine. When I watch Rudy get over-the-moon happy when I pour him fresh water in his dish, it totally makes my day. If we could all be a little bit more appreciative of life, just like our dogs, we’d all be a lot happier all the time. Thanks, Rudy, you’re on to something!
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I love my dog. He is small, white and wise.
Feeding our Rudy with care
In addition to loving Rudy, we also try to take as good of care as possible of him. Earlier this year, Dave and I switched Rudy’s food over to ORGANIX, which is a line of organically certified balanced nutrition for dogs, which I originally introduced to you here. It’s made in kitchens in the U.S., and Rudy’s favorite flavor is the Salmon & Peas (real food ingredients). We’re so happy to have started feeding him better food (no soy, nothing artificial), and he loves it.
Thanks for stopping by the blog today and letting me dish on Rudy. Have a good one, friends! And by the way, if you know a pet-lover who would appreciate this post, please send it to them!
Questions of the day
What’s something in your life that makes you happy every day?
Do you have a pet? What kind and what’s the story behind his/her name?