There's been multiple studies proving that having a cat or dog drastically reduces your chances of heart disease and other health conditions. They provide us with much-needed stress relief in a world that demands our attention in so many areas.
I had always heard these statements but it was definitely something that I didn't truly understand, having never been a dog owner. Yet, I think that's one reason why I was so drawn to dogs growing up. Even volunteering in the local shelter, they always provided the perfect distraction from the pressures of being a young teenager, school, and any conflict that may have been going on. They gave me something to focus on, without ever judging me. They gave me a boost in my self-esteem, knowing that I could help take care of them and I would always get a happy dog in return.
Having Daisy has taken this to a whole new level. No matter how bad of a day I've had, how stressed out I may be, I always get a happy girl greeting me, and suddenly it's play time. I honestly laugh at least twice a day from something she's done... and I mean a good-hearted healthy laugh!
I've always enjoyed being outdoors and getting dirty. Daisy allows me to continue that lifestyle - being outdoors, getting dirty and not worrying about those things that, really, aren't going to matter 50 years from now. She keeps me true to myself and what I consider important in my life. She puts things in perspective and is a constant reminder to live in the precious present moment. As corny as it sounds, I think she's my furry soul mate!