When my late husband began having issues with Congestive Heart Failure. It became clear that he needed someone or something to take his mind off of his illness. He was already very depressed, since he was alone all day while i was at work. In came Roxi Jane, a 6 month old red Doberman who needed a home. They bonded immediately. The dog was never inside a house (apparently crated in a basement) when she was not chained outside. He gently coaxed her into the house and slept downstairs on the couch with her for the next 2 weeks, while she acclimated to her new environment. My husband’s depression improved within the first week of bringing Roxi home. When she began to greet him at the door upon his return from his medical appointments, he had a huge smile on his face. He seemed less stressed and actually started walking her, which increased his exercise (which he hated). His condition stabilized for the next few years. At the end. Roxi stayed by his hospice bed for a week until he took his final breath. Roxi showed her loss. She was much less active and slept more than before. After about 3 months she started to return to her normal self. No one can convince me that she was not mourning him. Suddenly about 8 months after he passed, I woke up to find coffee ground vomitus all over my downstairs. Roxi had developed a GI Bleed which even surgery did not repair. I had to euthanize her to end her suffering. I am telling you this because, while I saw the change a pet made in my husband’s life, I actually lived the article I just posted on this site, “6 WAYS PETS IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH” in the coming months.
Losing my husband and my dog was too much to bare. I was so depressed i refused to go home and announced that I would stay with my Son and his family until I had another dog. I found Bella on line at 3:00 am. The next day I called the breeder in California, and purchased my girl Bella. She was 4 months old. I picked her up at Newark International Airport. I hadn’t slept for days but as soon as I saw this frightened little bundle of love I knew that I found the answer. I had a reason to go on. She was traumatized by the plane trip so we sat cuddled up on the sofa until it was time to go to bed. She didn’t bark for the first two weeks that I had her. I was beginning to think she couldn’t bark! LOL. I found that I could now handle the stress of going back home. I felt alive again. Once Bella started doing her “goofy puppy stuff” I was laughing constantly. My initial despair was gone.
I began to increase my activity by walking with Bella. I wanted to take her to obedience classes. It was difficult because I needed two total knee replacements, but I did it anyway. After her basic training, I questioned whether Bella could become a certified Service Dog. The trainer told me she had the perfect personality to go forward. So we did. She graduated with flying colors as a certified Mobility Service Dog. She is my best friend. When I decided to have my knees replaced, she was there to help me recuperate. I have a tendency to fall so she still is by my side making sure I stay on my feet. I can now say that am truly content with my life. All I have to do is look into her eyes and my stress melts away. My blood pressure is controlled, and we exercise every day in and out of the stores. Bella has truly changed my life, just as Roxi did for my late husband.
HAVING A PET WILL DEFINITELY LENGTHEN YOUR LIFE. YOU GET UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND REAP THE HEALTH BENEFITS TOO!