Creature comforts!!

11 Feb

As my friends and I battled against strong winds and incessant driving rain to walk our dogs at the weekend high up in the beautiful Cotswolds, I had to question my sanity!! I mean really!! We were all soaked to the skin as when we left home the drizzle that greeted us was insignificant but within minutes of arriving at the start point it was pouring, so we had foregone the sensible waterproofs!!!

Rainy days!!

Rainy days!!

Oh well nothing ventured and all, so off we set like some intrepid fools head first into said deluge and all for what? Well to exercise our Canine companions of course!! To see them having fun running all over the hill and thoroughly enjoying themselves!! To witness their complete joy at being free, untethered by leads, completely unencumbered by anything!! Their sole aim in life at that moment was to have fun and enjoy themselves!!
I wonder how many of us humans can say we do the same? How often do we feel confident enough to rush up to new people and introduce ourselves regardless of status, creed, colour and age? Dogs don’t care who you are or what you look like, they just generally want to meet and greet. It’s very unusual for me to walk my dogs on a daily basis and not bump into another dog owner and stop for a conversation.
I have friends I have met solely through dog walking. I would never have met them if I hadn’t been out and about with the dogs. There is something of a community feeling to dog ownership. We have a common love of our 4 legged friends and we are not afraid to tell people!!! We talk to each other, share our worries (not all dog related), congratulate others on triumphs and sympathise with them when times are hard. Surely that must benefit us?
In fact research has shown that dog ownership can help with so many day to day medical issues. Having Rover in your life lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol. Stress levels can be greatly reduced by having your faithful friend greet you when you get home. The ecstasy you see in them when you have been separated even just for a few hours is incredible!! Who else would throw themselves on you as if their life depended on it?? Dogs don’t have moods, they just love you with all their hearts and in return you love them.
Dogs have even been known to detect early signs of cancer, seizures and hypoglycaemia in their owners. I mean how amazing is that?? I don’t know how they do it, maybe it’s something different in how we smell but lives have certainly been saved and I think that is mind blowing!!

Happy days!!

Happy days!!

At the end of the day thou a dog brings so much joy to our lives, from their wagging tails to their soulful puppy dog eyes when trying to wheedle a treat out of us!! Who can say no to the paw on the knee and the head tilted on one side?? After a trying day at work or a row with your partner or a touch of road rage on the drive home, you open the door to your most faithful and loyal friend thrilled to see you and you know everything will be alright!! As soon as you sit down and stroke your dog and fight off the licks because yes you love them but their breath is not the best, you relax and start to unwind safe in the knowledge your dog will love you forever. Unconditionally. And that’s a great feeling!!
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7 Responses to “Creature comforts!!”

  1. janh1 February 11, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Yeah yeah I totally agree but you steered carefully around the subject of potential pneumonia! πŸ™‚

    I got the news today that you’d walked yesterday on the highest point in Gloucestershire in atrocious conditions and all I can say is you’re Hard Core, baby!!

    I’m hoping for warm sunshine and tweety birds next time I join you… πŸ™‚

    • Jane Parry February 11, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

      So you’re hoping I move to a warm continent then?? Cos that’s the only way your wish will come true!!!

      • janh1 February 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

        Haha…. Italy!! Let the prosecco flow…. πŸ™‚

  2. Jane Parry February 13, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Now you’re talking!!!

  3. 2browndawgs February 14, 2013 at 2:15 am #

    I am impressed that you walked dogs in the driving rain. That is something I try to avoid! lol

  4. Jodi February 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    Oh yes, we walk rain or shine! LOL I remember one particular walk where I thought, if I just stay in the shelter of the trees…..I was soaked to the skin, but the dogs loved it. And you are right, there is no greater greeting in the world. πŸ™‚

  5. Jane Parry February 19, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    The thing is the dogs enjoy it whatever the weather so that feeling is infectious!!!

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