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.
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!!!!!!!
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:
Send me a picture of your furry little bud, and I’ll make a montage to include in next weeks post!
~Recipe Of The Week~
Savory Harvest Carrot Straws~
~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.