How My Dog Helped Me Through the Hard Times

I have three dogs, but this post is about my buddy, Red. He is my oldest dog and has seen me through it all!

My mom and brother noticed Red while looking one Saturday at a local pet shop. I was at nursing clinicals that day, but made my way immediately over to the store right after to see him.

When I first saw Red, I thought he was so precious. He had human-looking eyes, the cutest Pomeranian tail, and a personality for days!

Dog Rescue Pomeranian

I’m cute and I KNOW IT

-Fluffy

When I chose to adopt him, I found out about his backstory. My poor baby had been abused, when he was rescued by a wonderful women, he was so emaciated and covered in ticks he couldn’t walk. She was wonderful and nursed him back to health and then put him up for adoption.

Knowing myself and my history, I knew I could give him a good home. I took him home and realized he had bad anxiety like me, so we immediately bonded. Throughout these last 6 years, Red has been with me through nursing school, break-ups, meeting and marrying my husband, starting my nursing career, multiple moves, and during these last couple years, going through horrible eating disorder treatment and starting recovery… let’s just say…

HE IS A BEST FRIEND AND COMPANION

We all go through hard-times, but I know first-hand that having my Red by my side has made it easier for me to live. I’m sure if you have a dog, you would say the same thing. This last year I learned what it truly means to be “(wo)man’s best friend” or is it “dog’s best friend”?

WHAT MAKES MY DOG/ MOST DOGS SO SPECIAL?

Huskie Orange

Red has a personality for days. He is extremely attentive to my needs and knows when I’m upset or sick. To be loved unconditionally is truly a wonderful feeling.

THEY DON’T CARE WHAT THEY/YOU LOOK LIKE

You can wear whatever you want and still feel wanted and loved, what is better than that? This last year has been so hard for me spiritually, emotionally, physically. For a long part of this last year, I haven’t cared about my appearance at all. On top of that, I felt so depressed and down that all I wanted to do was sleep and be lazy. When I’d come home and see Red waiting at the door, tail-wagging, tongue out, it made my mood slowly improve.

THEY ARE GENUINELY HAPPY

All my Red needs is food, water, shelter, a place to crap and pee, and love. He is my rescue dog, but there is no way of knowing that at this point, because he is always running around and happy as can be. He smiles and shows his bottom teeth (my fave)!

THE GIFT OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

Have you suffered from insecurities? Feeling undeserving of love? I have also suffered with both a lot this last year. What has really helped me though, is knowing that my dog does unconditionally love me.

CONSTANT ENTERTAINMENT

My dog is so freaking funny. He lays on the back of the couch and OF COURSE places his butt right next to my face (farts, too). This is just one of the many humorous things he does…

DOGS NATURALLY LOWER OUR STRESS LEVELS

After dealing with stressful doctors appointments, counseling sessions, etc, it is always nice to come home and just relax with my doggy. There is research that shows that petting dogs does release stress-reducing chemicals in humans… I believe it!

ME LOVE YOU

-Fido

DOGS WILL CHEER YOU UP WHEN YOU’RE SAD

I can’t count on my hands how many times I’ve come home in the last year so upset and sad. Red immediately starts licking my face, running to sit on my lap, trying to get me to pet him. Does he know my every need? I truly believe he does.

WHEN YOUR DOG IS AROUND YOU ARE NEVER ALONE, YOU HAVE A SHADOW FOLLOWING YOU AROUND

How many times have you almost fallen over, or tripped on your dog? For me it is countless! Red in particular tries to herd my feet…. man, he really does follow me everywhere… I try to get privacy… usually I don’t succeed.

I’ve been so lucky to share my life with Red. He is one of my three dog babies, but our bond is endless. Do you have a dog like Red? I want to hear all about him or her!

XOXO,

Mariah

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