I’ve had a few of those days…the ones where I walk in the door at the end of the day feeling discouraged, and maybe even a little angry and depressed. I’ve learned that turning to my dog for love and support is a way better alternative to drowning my sorrows in junk food and chick flicks (although I do occasionally love both of those on good nights!). Here are the top 5 ways my dog helps my bad day end on a good note:
1.He’s always up for cuddling
Jojo is a huge border collie, but he has the heart of a little dog that loves to be close. Sometimes watching a good tv show with him by my side can really fill in the lonely and discouraged void.
2.He gives me an excuse to be outside
Fresh air tends to help me put things into perspective. I’ve always found it kind of awkward to walk around my neighborhood by myself, so taking my dog with me is a great way to go for a walk where I can contemplate the bigger picture of life instead of focusing on one bad day.
I also can take him to the dog park to let him run around and socialize with other dogs. The dog park is a great way to boost my spirits. He gets to have fun running around and I get the joy of seeing him happy while getting fresh air. It’s a win-win!
3.He’s a great listener
Jojo is a no-judgment creature. I can talk, vent, and cry, and he loves me all the same. He doesn’t try to tell me how I can fix my problem, or what I should have done to prevent my bad day. He listens, and sometimes just being able to talk out loud is a great way to relieve the pressure of the day.
4.He loves me no matter my failures
Jojo won’t be disappointed in me if I got passed up for a promotion, rear-ended the guy in front of me at a red light, or failed a quiz in class. Coming home to his unconditional love is such a calming and reassuring feeling. I’ll always matter to him, and he’ll always be excited to see me when I walk in the door, no matter what happened to me that day.
5.He reminds me to keep things simple
I tend to overthink things A LOT!! When I have a bad day he reminds me that he’s happy just to have a friend, a roof over his head, and a full belly. Whatever happened to me that day, as long as I have those 3 things, then I can be happy too.
In what ways has your dog helped you?