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‘Bearing Up’ With The Help Of Furry Companions~The Health Benefit Of Dog Ownership

I will never be without a dog.  From the time I was little when my dogs were not allowed in the house, I vowed I would always have a dog, and that dog would always sleep in my bed.  And I do, and she does!  The pups I’ve had down through the years have been my constant companions.  In parts of England, your little buddies are allowed to go everywhere with you.  I’ve never understood why this is not allowed here in the states.  As long as they are well behaved citizens, they should be allowed everywhere we go.  Well, it’s just my opinion.

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Studies have shown that pets improve our health.  They lower blood pressure, improve depression, reduce stress, alleviate feelings of loneliness, and bring about a sense of well-being.  It’s even been shown that having a pet can reduce dependence on certain types of medication!  SUCH A GOOOOD BOY!!!!!!!

http://alifewellred.com/bearing-up-with-the-help-of-furry-companions/

For me, having my pooch around helps tremendously in coping with chronic illness. At times, she will press her head up against my chin and lean her body into me to give me a ‘hug’ when she senses I’m distressed.  Anxiety relief and comfort are huge benefits in the midst of a flare up.  Let me introduce you, this is my Lily:

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Send me a picture of your furry little bud, and I’ll make a montage to include in next weeks post!

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~Recipe Of The Week~

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Savory Harvest Carrot Straws~

~2-4 carrots

~1 Tbsp Olive Oil

~salt & pepper

Slice carrots lengthways (can be done with peeler or mandolin).  Toss with oil, season with salt and pepper.  Lay out on baking sheet in single layer and bake at 350 for 15 min.  Turn off oven and let dry in oven for 30 min to an hour.  Eat as snack, in salads, or soups.

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31 Comments

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    August 29 at 4:27 pm

    Lily is gorgeous! I wrote about my fury little companion a while ago, he helps me so much with my fibro, I couldn’t imagine not having him around. http://hopeinpain.co/2015/05/09/my-constant-companion/

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      kristine
      August 29 at 4:51 pm

      Ha! Ha! Thanks Elizabeth 🙂 They are wonderful aren’t they?

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    Tina Muir
    August 31 at 7:51 am

    Oooh this sounds lovely! I love crunchy foods! YUM!

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      kristine
      August 31 at 12:27 pm

      They are good~Thanks Tina 🙂

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    Deborah Brooks
    August 31 at 11:13 am

    ooh creative! those look so yummy thanks for joining us for meatless monday!

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      kristine
      August 31 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks Deborah 🙂

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    coffeeandwoodsmoke
    September 1 at 5:56 am

    I couldn’t agree with you more about our fur-babies! They are our companions, comfort, and teachers. (I love the brown bear photo too–another amazing member of the animal kingdom). And the carrot straws look delicious!

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      kristine
      September 1 at 7:09 am

      Thank you 🙂

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    Jessica Joy
    September 1 at 8:23 am

    You’ve helped me appreciate my dogs even more! They truly are so wonderful. And, I had no idea that they are allowed every where in England – that’s really cool. : ) Our dogs sleep in the bed sometimes, mostly just for an hour or so and in the morning, and I really love it. I also love petting my dog at night, when he comes up to my lap, though sometimes he can be quite bossy about it. haha. And, I love recipe, and the idea to put them in soups or salads. YUM! Take care.

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      kristine
      September 1 at 9:11 am

      Thank you Jessica, send a picture of the pooch for the montage!

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    Kim~madeinaday
    September 1 at 11:50 am

    Such a cute dog! Love! Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday this week! I am sharing your recipe today on my Twitter. We hope to see you next week for another great party! Have a great week!
    Best,
    Kim

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      kristine
      September 1 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you Kim, and Lily says thanks too! 😉

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    Tracey Abrahams
    September 2 at 12:28 am

    Were getting a new pooch at the weekend. His first trip out will be up the pub!! #sharewithme

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      kristine
      September 2 at 9:51 am

      Ah! So jealous! Have fun Tracey 😉

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    jill conyers
    September 2 at 2:21 am

    Yum. The carrot recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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      kristine
      September 2 at 9:51 am

      Thank you Jill 🙂

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    mrs tubbs
    September 2 at 4:13 am

    Ah, she’s lovely! Still not showing her the Tubblet who so wants a dog! #sharewithme

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      kristine
      September 2 at 9:52 am

      Thank you Mrs Tubbs, and Lily thanks you too 😉

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    Marla
    September 4 at 11:41 am

    Hi Red,
    Love your picture of the bear. Animals especially dogs are such great companions. Love your healthy carrots snack. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

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      kristine
      September 4 at 12:49 pm

      THanks Marla! Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

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    Bethany
    September 5 at 12:30 pm

    Those look really cool. I love the idea!

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      kristine
      September 5 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks Bethany 🙂

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    Medea Karr FNP
    September 5 at 9:18 pm

    I love your furry Lily, she sounds like a great support pet! My Great Dane Koi is embarking on a new adventure as clinic mascot and fibro educator and all-around superhero: FibroDog! I’m sure he’d love to interview Lily in the future for our blog about all the ways she supports you, would she be interested? We could include her beautiful pictures too and she could be the first in his “posse” of chronic illness support pets. Let me know what you think, and I’ll try to link to some of his pictures here from our latest blog posts: http://medeakarrfnp.com/blog/
    Gentle hugs from Seattle, where our furry friends are allowed to ride public transportation if they’re well behaved, Medea

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      kristine
      September 5 at 9:40 pm

      Lily would LOVE to be of any help she can! Feel free to contact me anytime to let me know what you will need. I have also sent you a message directly from your site. Thanks again! 🙂

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    Miz Helen
    September 7 at 2:28 pm

    Hugs to Lilly from our Max!
    Your Carrot Straws look wonderful, can’t wait to try them! Hope you are having a great Labor Day weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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      kristine
      September 7 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks from Lily & me! 😉

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    Jenny
    September 9 at 4:09 am

    Puppies were cute but I couldnt’ get over the carrot straws I definitely need to try these out. Sorry foodie in me wins on this one. Lovely post. lol Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me. I hope to see you again soon. I apologize for my late commenting, just catching up on a hectic week. I appreciate all the blog support. Look forward to reading more of your SWM link ups. #sharewithme

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      kristine
      September 9 at 6:23 am

      Thanks Jenny! DEFININTELY try the carrot straws, they were FANTASTIC! I gobbled them up as soon as I was done photographing them! 😉

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    Deborah Davis
    September 9 at 6:26 pm

    I understand how comforting a furry companion can be. Many of my friends and neighbors are blessed with loving pets and I see how much it means to them. I am also delighted that you shared your healthy and delicious Savory Harvest Carrot Straws recipe with us at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. I’m pinning and sharing.

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      kristine
      September 9 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you Deborah! Have a great week! 🙂

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