In my second podcast I would like to cover why a dog(s) can be a traumatic brain injuries person’s best friend. As my audience may know but, if not, that is alright I own two labradoodles named Mali and Bella. So let us get started;
- Reasons why I love UNCONDITIONALLY my two dogs is because they are always there for me. It does not matter whether I am having a stupendous or horrendous day my two girls are present to play catch with a tennis ball, to be petted, or to listen. I will now break those three ideas apart:
- When I was 17 years old I started to play catch with Mali (e.g., the mother) every single day. When I say playing catch I mean with a thrower stick and a tennis ball.That gave time to not be around people so I could sort through my thoughts and get better prepared for the day.
- A person might know how physical contact improves a person’s mood but does it work for pets? Search the Internet for the plethora of research regarding touch and how it improves one’s emotions (http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/hands_on_research/ or https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201302/the-power-touch). This goes along with showing affection as well. I love every time that I come home and my dogs are always excited to see me tails wagging!
- If a person attends church he or she might hear the word pray. Well, my dogs are always present to listen. They never criticize.
- The additional benefits of having a pet after a brain injury is they teach that person responsibility, to be happy, and to give with an open heart.
- The responsibility of feeding, watering, and letting the pet go to the bathroom.
- A lot of pets most often reflect the personality of its owner, so the words, if you are going to be happy and carefree then your pet will be happy and carefree.
- You know how a baby pet when they are very young they don’t actually identify that this is my new home, or my food bowl. They don’t act like that is my new home or my food dish until you teach them. Before that happens, and before they start being productive, they give and they share from the heart, everything with everyone and later on, we teach them to keep “their stuff” for themselves. This is a lesson we definitely need to learn from them, knowing that when: “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. ” Prov. 11:24
I would like to take the remaining time I would like to thank you for listening and to remind you to, “live everyday like it was your last!”
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