Monday, 23 February 2015

Why Dogs Are the Best Pets (& Bakers Winter Photo Set).


According to my calendar, this past Friday was Love Your Pet Day! Obviously, to proper pet owners, everyday is love your pet day but I thought it fitting to get a new post up about my fur child asap!

Back in December my beautiful friend Dee asked me to put together guest post to share over on her blog, Prompts By Dee. I was actually really happy with that post and wanted to share it here too so much, especially as it had a set of Bakers photos I hadn't shared here yet...sooo, I asked Dee if it was alright for me to share it here now and she so graciously obliged.


Anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time will know how much of an animal person I am, especially how much this guy means to me, so I thought I would share with you his most recent photo set that I took back at the beginning of November, along with my top 10 reasons that dogs are the most awesome pets!



So in no particular order, here we go:

1. They can detect illnesses and help those who struggle with conditions to live a normal life.
Not only have dogs been known detect cancer but they can help with a multitude of conditions like the following; preventing Eczema in kids, detect seizures, help babies build better immune systems, detect low blood sugar, alert you if something you are allergic to is nearby, keep Fibromyalgia sufferers warm, as well as being able to fetch medication and call for help for other conditions.

2. Help you to be more active and social.
Dogs need walked, hence getting you out and walking more! Simple as. It’s also mad how many people you will interact with and form friendships with purely through having owning a dog in  common.

3. Can comfort people with depression, dealing with bullying etc.
Studies show that even chronic depression can be eased by the company of a dog. Their ability to provide you with unconditional love as well as empathize and literally comfort you is amazing and their hugs are the best!Hopefully you will also of heard that they are used in hospitals, hospices and care homes to bring some joy into the lives of people who need it and their title is simply – Comfort Dogs.

4. Is a baby for those who cannot/do not want to have children.
For people like me who don't want children per say but like something to look after, mother and receive love from, dogs are a pretty close substitute. Especially when raised from a puppy they are just as much handwork to train and most certainly form a close bond with you. I know of and have read online too about how fabulous they can be for the women who sadly want children but cannot have them.

5. They are great judges of character. They don't like someone? I don't like them!
If Baker growls at someone in the street, I assume that they mustn't be a nice person. Maybe not the best way to make friends but if he senses it, I take his advice. He is very rarely wrong…




6. Give unconditional love and keep you company.
This to me seems important for the elderly and people who live alone. Everyone, no matter how much of a loner (like me!) needs some kind of company. He may not be able to talk back but Baker most certainly listens to me, licks away my tears and makes me feel safe when Jake is on night shift.

7. Are the best models for your photography.
See the photos in this post! haha And of course, you can see waaayyy more of him here and here.

8. They can work as hard as the rest of us, in amazing jobs.
Mobility Assistance, Hearing Dogs, Guide Dogs, Seizure Alert, Psychiatric Service, Autism Dogs, Search and Rescue , Herding ‘sheep’ Dogs, Sled Dogs, Water Rescue , Guarding/Watch Dogs, Police and Army Dogs and more. They are extremely intelligent, hard working animals!

9. Protect you and your property.
As mentioned in the point above they can be used as guard dogs, however I mean more the barking when someone is at the door kind of thing. I'm the type who is hesitant to open the door to anyone unless I know they are coming and so a barking dog is a great deterrent for anyone who may be any sort of threat.
Again, when out on walks or coming home in the dark I feel alot safer with my boy by my side than being alone knowing that if anyone were to be untoward to me, he would protect me.

10. Provide your life with a purpose.
As Baker has done for us.When we got him we were struggling to find permanent work and were so low that getting out of bed in the morning was a task. However having a puppy who needed out for a wee at 6am became our reason to get up. The dog who wanted to play and have kisses made us smile and the boy who needed walks and vet visits gave us the chance to go out and get fresh air and spend any extra money on him rather than chocolate.


And there we have it. A mere 10 points out of many more, but I hope (especially if you aren't the biggest dog fan) that this has made you realize how extremely lucky we are to have such a beautiful animal on our planet.

Do you have a dog or any other pets, tell me a little about them in the comments!


22 comments:

  1. How stunning are these photos? You never ever fail to amaze me with your photography Danielle.
    And Baker is an absolute beauty.
    Couldn't agree with you more on all fronts and so very many more, dogs are just bloody brilliant. Although Pete and Betty do not make good photography subjects, too much spaniel energy!
    M x

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    1. Ah stop it! You are being overly kind with your compliments.
      Though I will agree that Bman is lush haha

      Thank you :) oh and furry blurs count too ;)

      xo

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  2. Your photo's are just the best and I totally agree with every point. I wouldn't be without my cocker spaniel Jack even though he is now getting old and has quite a few health problems I am going to be heart broken when he is gone. We loss my black lad over Christmas and that was horrible. They are such a big part of your life and I love having a dog around the house. Even if Jack does just sleep most of the day and snore so loud!!!

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    1. You're too kind, thank you very much though!
      Oh bless him, hopefully he'll stay healthy for a good while yet. I will be exactly the same when Baker goes too, it was hard enough losing our rabbits..:/ Ah I'm so sorry to hear that.
      They really are just another member of the family as far as I'm concerned and obviously most other dog owners like yourself.

      xo

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  3. Baker is adorable and these photos are stunning! Your photography is just out of this world! I'd love a dog I wish I had the time and money to keep one but not just yet. One day!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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    1. Isn't he? haha No denying although I'm obviously bias too...
      Thanks so much Jordan, you're too lovely.
      Ah definitely one day! But at least you are being smart about it instead of just diving into getting one because you want one. Too many people do that and then end up having to give it up or it doesnt have the best life because they dont have the time or money for it.

      xo

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  4. I remember reading this post, this was what made me click the subscribe button. I did a post on my dogs on national love your pet day the other day, with pics of my babies. If you look there you'll see what I mean about Toby and Baker looking alike! Again, this post made me feel just like it did the first time, pulled a couple heart strings haha! :)

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    1. Aw thats so cool! Thank you!
      Ahhh did you?! I've been super busy the last few days and haven't gotten to read any blogs :( I'll have to pop over and have a nose now :)

      xo

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  5. Awww, Baker is gorgeous! You've got some beautiful captures of him here Danielle. I completely agree with pets helping with depression and anxiety too - I had two guinea-pigs before my final year of university and I always had cuddles with them when I was feeling down and they were an instant pick me up. Dogs really are wonderful judges of character too. This is just fuelling my want for a dog of my own! Lovely post. - Tasha

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    1. Thank you!!
      Yes - all animals are complete saviors for anyone struggling with unhappiness. How couldn't you be happy just looking into the eyes of any living creature?! :) You'll be a wonderful owner when the time comes.

      xo

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  6. Baker is such a gorgeous dog. You're lucky that you're such a great photographer too, so you can capture these beautiful images to cherish of him.

    I didn't realise dogs could help detect diseases! That's so interesting. I knew they were used for comfort in hospitals, old people's homes, etc. though - I don't understand how anyone could not like (or, even worse, be cruel) to an animal which is so sensitive, kind and loyal that it can actually lift the spirits of people and help those who are struggling mentally and emotionally.

    I'm a huge animal lover but unfortunately now isn't the right time for a dog, with me and my boyfriend both working full time and being out of the house most of the day. We have a pet guinea pig called Cotton though who is such a lovely little friend to have around - I love walking into the living room in the room to hear her little chirps and squeaks, and it's lovely to come home to a furry friend after a hard day. Her sister Daisy sadly passed away last year so we're also on look out for a new wee friend so Cotton's not living alone for much longer.

    x

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    1. Thank you so much Charlene! Thats so lovely of you.

      And yes! My parents know a lady whose Collie detected her breast cancer. He wouldnt lay on a certain side of her and when he was at that side would cry. She had been feeling poorly and got checked out and thankfully it was caught early - thanks to the dog! Amazing.

      That makes you the type of person who is going to make a fantastic owner in the future though. At least you are responsible enough to recognize that it wouldn't be fair on the dog to get one just now. I love people like that.
      Always so sad to lose any pet. I lost Bunny last year and Nike the year before and it still hurts. I hope Cotton gets a new pal soon!!

      xo

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  7. Baker is one handsome fella. Btw, I keep forgetting, what breed is Baker? My grandma had 3 dogs - Liza, Luna and Julie. They were such lovey gals. But they passed away when I was about 9 or 10 maybe. I wish I had taken some photos of them too.

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    1. Thank you!! He's a Border Collie Lurcher cross!
      Always horrible to lose family pets but a great way to grow up surrounded by lovely animals. It's the reason I got Baker. My granda was a shepherd and always had collies but he also rescued a lurcher...I saw it as a sign from him.

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  8. I think dogs make a great pet and although I would love a pet of our own, it's so unfair for Kris and I do have a pet knowing we are more than likely going to move in a few years and uprooting animals is not something I want to do. So, for now, we shall remain petless...

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    1. Petless but responsible! You'll be the best owners in a few years time!!

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  9. YES. EVERYTHING IN THIS POST, YES! Dogs are amazing. I think you know I will agree with you wholeheartedly. Dogs amaze me every single day. You're right, if Rex doesn't like someone I'm usually a bit wary of them. Dogs sense things that humans don't pick up on straight away and I think we should definitely trust that. Xx

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    1. haha I knew you'd be a firm believer in all of this shizz. They really are so intelligent I think a lot of people underestimate them far too much. Bakers now learnt to be a pirate and go 'arrg', so when I sing 'Yo ho, yo ho a pirates life for me!' He goes 'argg' at the pirate bit haha. Its class!

      xo

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  10. Hi Baker is such a cutie and so photogenic. :) We have ( mostly) always had a doggy in our lives. Firstly Jake who died over a year ago ( our first gorgeous Lab, he was 14 when he died) then eight months later we got Hugo. Life is so much more rewarding with a dog ( though hard work from a pup! ) and it is true ,having a pet such as a dog gets you out and about and makes you get on with your life if things are bad. they are good for cuddles too. :)

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    1. Thank you :)
      Aw bless, so sorry you lost him but what a great age he made it to! You're completely right, I can't imagine a life without a dog around.

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  11. Baker is one gorgeous (and very photogenic) dog! That's an excellent list as well, we have seriously looked into welcoming a dog into our home but it always comes down to the fact we both work full time, which clearly wouldn't be fair on any dog. Possibly something to investigate further when we're older and retired :-) xx

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  12. How wonderful to get such a big Baker fix all in one hit...I don't think many people know I love dogs too! ;) Stella is most definitely my child substitute and I make no apology for it. Love me, love my dog! :) xox

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