What Dogs Do For Us

Have you read Where The Red Fern Grows or seen the movie A Dog’s Purpose? When I watched that movie, on a long flight from Detroit to Vietnam, I cried like a baby. Tears were streaming down my face. The flight attendant actually stopped to ask me if I was OK.

When I returned from my trip, I then proceeded to tell everyone I know what a great movie it is. A must watch, I said.  Have you seen it yet? I hope so, it should touch your heart in a good way.

Our Love For Our Dogs

The movie is able to capture some of the emotions that us dog lovers have for our dogs and the connections we have with our dogs. Anyone who is lucky enough to have experienced the love of a dog (or many dogs for some, LOL) knows what I am talking about.

Dogs fill our lives with joy and companionship. They love us unconditionally, always happy to see us and be with us. I look forward to seeing my dogs when I get home, and I always miss my dogs when I travel.

Things To Do With Our Dogs

More recently, I have learned of all the great things that are available to do with your dog. Dogs were bred to do something, and you might enjoy some of the following activities with your dog.

  • Agility
  • Barn Hunt
  • Confirmation  (AKC, UKC, Specialty Clubs for your breed)
  • Dock Diving
  • Flyball
  • Frisbee
  • Herding
  • Hunting
  • Junior Showmanship
  • Lure Coursing
  • Obedience
  • Rally
  • Search and Rescue
  • Therapy Dog

These activities can be very rewarding and help promote the bond between you and your dog. The AKC website has tons of information to get you started in the right direction.

Health Benefits

It is also now scientifically proven that there are significant health benefits for dog owners. Research shows the dogs improve our heart health, reduce risk for heart attacks and strokes, and reduce depression rates.

For me, dogs provide an unparalleled experience companionship, love and joy. From the beginnings with a new puppy to the devastating end with a senior dog, its all worth it. Every dog I have grows into my heart and takes a piece with them when they go.

 

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