This whole week I have struggled to think of a topic to write about. So, i’m deciding to write about one of my favorite things in the world, dogs.
My whole life i’ve been absolutely in love with all animals, but dogs have always had a little extra space in my heart. I don’t know exactly where my love of dogs began, but I honestly cant remember a time when I wasn’t obsessed with the four legged friends. I didn’t get my first dog until I was about 7, and although she was a crazy little puppy, she brought so much joy into my life. I just recently got another dog for my birthday, she’s a lot larger than my first one, but she’s a huge lap dog and absolutely loves cuddling, which is one of the many reasons I love dogs, if you’ve had a horrible or even an amazing day, they’re always there to cheer you up. Having to leave both of my dogs at home while I moved to college, was probably one of the hardest thing’s i’ve had to do.
Usually i’ve always been a very happy, positive person, but when I got diagnosed with my disease three years ago, that took a huge toll on my mental health. One of the many side effects of not only my disease but also all the medications I was on was depression. Since I had been so positive before hand, I never thought I would become clinically depressed, but I did and it was and still is one of the hardest things I have to deal with. I’ve tried to find ways to help with my depression but it’s almost impossible to help. But, one thing that has helped a lot, is being able to interact with dogs. As many people may or may not know, dogs are known to be one of the best helps against stress, anxiety, and depression. They can sense when someone is upset or angry, and can actually help a lot when it comes to changing someones mood.
Although I had to leave my dogs at home, wherever you go on campus, you can most likely come to face with a dog. Even though i’m a little too shy to ask to pet them, just seeing a dog can almost instantly cheer me up. I don’t know exactly why or how just simply seeing a dog can change my mood instantly, but it does. My friends always poke at me for being able to spot a dog from far distances, but I absolutely love it when i’m just walking around campus and I spot a fluffy dog walking or playing, especially in the park.
I may be weird, but I think dogs are one of the best pets/friends to have. Without my two dogs I probably would be in a much darker place in my life.