Your pooch makes you healthy


Ever since I was a little girl, I always wanted to have a pet, but you know how that is. The kid wants it but the parents take care of the animal. So of course, the answer in my house was always no.
When I grew up I moved and worked too much to have one and actually be responsible about it. So, I pushed it back until finally I thought it was time but my dad got sick and again the time wasn’t right.
I spoke to my dad plenty of times about getting the dog and he even gave me a magazine about dogs so we could learn about all the types of the breeds. We even started talking about possible names for the puppy for when I get it.
But two years ago I had a huge loss in my life. My dad passed away and I was very affected by it. I didn’t want to go out of my house, see other people or do anything. I was extremely sad.
A friend at the time told me about someone that was giving away puppies and I went to see them. There was only one left. A shy little fur ball, and instantly I knew it was her.
That is how I adopted Penny! My now 2 years and five months old puppy. She helped me with so much during that rough time of my life that I started researching how much influence our pooches actually have in our lives.
If you are considering getting a dog, read on to learn more.

Nine health benefits of having a dog

1. Decreases stress

Have you ever sat down to pet a dog? It’s very calming. Penny lays down with her legs up so you can rub her belly. She loves it and I love it too, I relax!

Dogs have a calming effect on us. They relax us and that lowers our stress levels.

2. Lowers blood pressure

Lowering our stress level also helps with blood pressure. According to a Harvard Health Publishing article Link here having a dog and petting it lowers blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol levels. 

Dog = Relaxing and managing our stress levels = positive effect on our blood pressure levels.  🙂

3. Lessens anxiety

This wasn’t true at the beginning for me with Penny. She was very sick when I rescued her and almost died, and then she was a very messy puppy! She would chew on everything! I used to call her chew-zilla, so you have an idea of how bad it was.
Don’t get me wrong, a dog’s unconditional love can be key to lessen anxiety since they show us the joy that there is in life every second we are around them. But puppies will be puppies. They need to be trained.
Now, after a lot of training, she definitely lessens any anxiety I might get and makes me smile every time I see her. 

4. Improves your mood- Less prone to depression

Dogs are like emotional therapists (I can vouch for this). Penny can sense when I am sad or happy, or stressed. Its very impressive!
As soon as they notice you are upset, or full blown depressed they sit beside you, they give you a kiss or they try to play to cheer you up.
Nothing better than having someone beside you in tough times to make you feel like everything will be ok.
Not only do they help with depression but they can also help with anxiety as mentioned before, post-traumatic disorders and all sorts of fears.

5. Helps you socialize

Dogs are social creatures just like us and they also need to go out at least a couple times a day.
I cannot tell you how many people I have met just by walking Penny around the neighborhood.

6. Prevents allergies and improves immunity

A study in 2004 on the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that “postnatal exposure to dogs can influence immune development” Link here.
So this might be a good excuse to get a pup for your family…  Just saying… 🙂

7. Prevent loneliness and isolation

With a dog you will always have company and will always be obligated to go outside, which helps you be less isolated. 

8. Keeps you active

Since they have to go outside 2-3 times a day, so do you!
You will move more with a puppy, not only to take them for walks but also playing with them at home.

9. Add meaning and purpose to your life

These furry friends depend on you to survive, so this gives you a purpose and meaning. A reason to get up every day!
Dogs add comfort, fun and unconditional love to your life and they ask very little in return.
I would like to encourage you… if you are thinking of getting a dog…adopt, don’t buy! There are too many dogs in need of a home and love out there!
With love,
Patty and Penny


  1. Carolyn May 24, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    I miss my dog so much, had her for almost 16 years, they definitely bring joy. Once we stop moving around I will adopt one.

    1. Patty Strulovic May 25, 2019 at 8:07 am

      16 years of joy! That’s something special <3
      I hope soon you can adopt another!
      <3 Patty

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