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