How Dogs Make Us Better
Hey! How is it going? Welcome to 9 to 5 Dog. This is a blog where we talk about dogs that stay home alone while we are at work. My name is Olga Zuberg, and I'm glad you’re here. I love to read blogs before I go to sleep – do any of you? I know a lot of you are probably commuting home, some of you are waiting in the line, and some of you will be having your meal. I know you folks! Thank you for reading. And thank you for coming back if you’ve been on this blog before.
You might have noticed that I haven’t been sharing any new blog posts for a while. Truth is, folks, I’ve missed you all. I’ve missed sending these little articles out into the world for you all to read.
Since I last left you, I’ve started working intensely on a bigger project – a book called ‘9 to 5 Dog’. So I thought I’d get in front of the computer tonight and give you guys an update, and also share some of the things that I’ve been thinking and writing about in the book. I think you might be interested in what I have to share today.
Over the past week I’ve been talking to dog owners I know about the ways their dogs improve their lives. For me, if your dog has improved your life, it is an ultimate validation of dog ownership. Here are some of the things I’ve heard from people:
“I don’t have any family and I have very few friends. I would often get incredibly lonely. After I adopted my lab 3 years ago, through his eyes I saw a completely new perspective and it changed my life. I get out more often. He likes to go to new places, so we explore more. I get more exercise and I quit smoking."
“I live with cerebral palsy. It only mildly affects me, but I’m very shy. Sometimes I get depressed. I doubted I could take care of a dog, but after my brother offered help, I finally gave in and found a breeder. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. Now I have to be in control of my emotions. I have to be a confident leader for him. I feel happier overall."
“My dog makes me laugh. She is so funny and happy all the time; I am never in a bad mood when she is around. And when I bring her to work, our entire team lights up with smiles."
“I am divorced and my kids are grown up. I was used to having a full house and hated coming home. Now I can’t wait to come home and spend time with my dog!”
“I was overweight for as long as I could remember. A year ago my vet told me that my dog had became overweight too. I felt guilty. I knew it was my fault. I decided that I had been overweight long enough myself and made drastic changes to both our diet and exercise routine. Now we go on long walks and hikes. If you asked me a year ago about hiking, I would have laughed. But now we can hike 3-4 hours straight. I never took my dog out into the woods before. Turns out he loves it! He is my major source of motivation. Well, he and keeping the weight off."
There was something about these opinions that just kind of tweaked me. Pet dogs are usually seen as something that we own and spoil. But they are actually a big deal. I’ve been thinking about it a lot. You know, dogs are our guardians just as much as we are theirs. And they take their job seriously.
The most popular post on the 9 to 5 Dog Facebook page is this one:
It’s popularity really sums it all up...
We should recognize our dogs for what they do well. Have you ever thanked your dog for all that he or she has done for you?