Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Top 10 reasons why dogs make your life better

My dogs make my life better.  They give me love and happiness, and I can't imagine not sharing my life with them.  So I thought I would share my top 10 reasons why dogs make my life better.

1) Dogs can lift your spirits, even when you are feeling depressed.  Studies have been done that show spending time with your dog increases your brain’s levels of dopamine and serotonin.  Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin, and Endorphins are the quartet responsible for your happiness.  Many situations can trigger these neurotransmitters, but spending time with your dog is one of the easiest ways to increase your levels!

2) You never have to be alone when you have a dog, ever.  My dogs follow me everywhere, even into the bathroom.  And on the rare occasions that I leave a room without them noticing, it's not long before they are right behind me.  Dogs are amazing companions, and a great way to keep people from feeling lonely.

3) When you share your life with a dog, you know you are missed every time you leave.  Even if you are gone for 10 minutes, your dog is always happy to see you when you return.  Are there any humans in  your life that miss you that much?

4) On cold, Winter nights, dogs make excellent bed warmers!

5) Having a dog can help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.  There are studies that show petting your dog will help to lower blood pressure, which lowers your risk for a myriad of different cardiac illnesses.

6) You never need to sweep up the food or crumbs you drop.  Your dog will always be there for clean up duty!

7) Your dog will never, ever look down on you for wearing old, comfortable sweats or pajamas.  They just want to be by your side, no matter how you look or what you wear!  They will even join you when you spend a rainy day binge watching Netflix!

8) Having a dog encourages us to lead a healthier lifestyle, by getting out and taking them for walks and hikes.  They also help you socialize and explore the world around you.

9) They teach us to enjoy every moment, and to find pleasure in even the simplest of things.

10) Dogs are the best because they love you unconditionally.  Even when you make a mistake, they love you anyway without judgement or resentment.

What would be in your top 10 list of reasons your dog makes your life better?


  1. In our house we don't have to wipe the counters either as we have a counter licker. Great list!

  2. They are indeed the very best. We sure miss our Little Bit. She was all these things and more.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  3. I love these--all so true. I laughed out loud at dog as vacuum cleaner. After my childhood dog died it took my mother a while to figure out why we all got so messy.

  4. What a great list and all so incredibly true!

  5. That list is totally purrfect, we miss our doggies too.

  6. That is a great list. We are great at reminding our pawrents how much we miss them even when they are just outside doing stuff like mowing the lawn or working in the yard when we have to be inside. When they come in we act the same as if they left in the car for hours.

  7. Mom likes #4 the best. I am always warm and cuddly. Also, I make her laugh a lot.

    Love and licks,

  8. What a great list - I'm not sure I could think of anything to add! Just today I had a migraine. I hate letting one slow me down, but since I had Luke to sit with me it made it easier to give in and relax for a bit. Now I feel much better!

  9. they are the best friends ever... and they give you the courage to grin even when the whole world looks grumpy ;O)

  10. Charlee: "I heard Mama saying the other day that she misses having a dog for a bedwarmer."
    Chaplin: "I don't see why we can't be bedwarmers too."
    Charlee: "I don't want to be under all those covers, do you?"
    Chaplin: "Well you have thicker fur than I do."