These last few weeks in California have been legit COLD. We had family who just moved down here from Oregon for sunshine and warmer temps, and I honestly feel like they’ve been getting the short end of the stick lately. I keep promising them the weather will warm back up, but then it keeps raining harder than the day before!
Oh well…it’s a good excuse to curl up with some hot coffee and snuggle with your favorite pup. These photos are from one such lazy morning last week. It was raining (again), and I decided to stay in my PJs for a few extra hours with Bella. Side note, how cute is this shirt from Under the Oak Shop?! Scroll to the bottom of the post to get an exclusive discount!! And if you don’t have a dog, you should probably get one. Life is just better with a dog, and here’s why:
10 Reasons You Should Get a Dog
1. Endless cuddles.
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but it still has to be one of the best reasons to get a dog. More than any other animal, a dog will always be more than willingly to curl up on your lap, snuggle with you in bed, and nudge their way into a cozy cuddle to watch a movie. It’s the biggest reason I first wanted a puppy and my favorite part of having a dog now.
2. They Make You More Social
As a dog owner, I can’t tell you how excited I get when I meet another dog person. It can be a complete stranger, but once you figure out you both have dogs -BOOM- instant besties. It doesn’t matter if it’s even remotely the same breed, just as long as you both have furry friends you’ll have endless topics of conversation and plenty of photos to show each other in your phone.
3. Homes with Dogs Produce Healthier Kids
It’s true!! When babies and kids grow up with a dog in the house they are less likely to have allergies and other health issues like eczema. While we don’t have kids in our house just yet, I’m happy to know that Bella will not only be super cute to watch interact with our future babies, but beneficial to their health too!
4. They Lower Your Stress Level
Playing with your pup is not only great for him/her but for you too! Just a few minutes of games, training, or fetch will increase your levels of serotonin and dopamine making you relaxed and happier instantly. I’ve noticed that when I’m feeling blue or starting to catch a cold, Bella will bring me one of her toys like she is trying to cheer me up. It’s so cute!
5. Dogs Keep You Active
Sure, it’s fun to be lazy at times, but having the responsibility of taking out the pup 3-4 times a day forces you to get up off the couch and get your body moving. It also encourages you to try new things. Because of Bella, we’ve gone on hikes, discovered new parks, and really explored new places in LA that we may have skipped over if we weren’t dog owners.
6. People with Dogs Heal Faster
I’ve read this from a few different sources, but I’ve also experienced it for myself. Whenever I’ve come down with a cold, it’s so comforting to cuddle up with Bella and binge watch shows on Netflix. Before you know it, your sickness is gone! For more serious cases, there are so many reports of people in the hospital who have started recovering after interacting with puppies. So much so, that there are programs at many hospitals that now bring puppies to people who are going through chemo and a long list of other illnesses. What a smart idea!
7. You’ll Always Feel Needed
Dogs are incredibly reliable on their owners. They need you to let them out, feed them, play with them, the list goes on and on. Their whole lives revolve around you. I mean,what could be better after a long day at work than coming home to a dog who is completely overjoyed to see you?! Nothing, that’s what.
8. Dogs Will Always Think the Best of You
I saw a meme once that said “Be the person your dog thinks you are.” It’s so perfect because your dog really thinks you are THE best person in the whole world. They love you unconditionally, they follow you around, and they are always trying their best to please you. It’s the cutest, best thing ever.
9. They Can Detect Cancer
No, really! I was so impressed when I learned this, but they can actually detect if someone has cancer. Apparently their incredible sense of smell can detect a change in your breath if you have lung cancer or breast cancer. There have also been documented cases of dogs licking or sniffing a mole or patch of skin of their owners, and because of it, doctors were able to catch and remove the cancerous area before it progressed.
10. Having a Dog Just Makes Life Better
Granted, I’m pretty biased on all of these, but it really does just make life that much better. From morning hikes, to binge watching movies, who doesn’t want a little furry companion to tag along with them??
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