As I'm sure you know, on April 15th two men (cowards? idiots?) detonated bombs at the Boston Marathon. My husband and I were about a block away from the second blast. You certainly never expect to be in the middle of a terrorist attack, and it took time to process and accept everything that happened (both that day and since). I felt it would be odd to not comment on it given I was so close to what happened, but this is a happy "dog" blog so it's not really the place to discuss it either. Therefore, I just want to share how having a pet affected things that day, and how pets help us through difficult times in general.
It took about an hour for us to walk home that afternoon, and I was concerned that Daisy would be upset from the blasts too. After all, she's terrified of the July 4th fireworks and those go off on the Esplanade - further away from our condo than the blasts. But as soon as I turned my key in the door there Daisy was, wiggling her butt and licking my knees as usual. She was happy to see us and wanted to play! Despite my state of shock she knocked me back into my normal routine, which was the best thing that could have happened. The dog needed walks, needed to be fed, needed pets. So I obliged, and it gave the next week a desperately needed normalcy.
On days when I was upset, Daisy was there to give pets to. When I needed a smile I just had to look at her cute little face. When I didn't want to get out of bed, she did her "pee dance" and I knew she was the priority, not me. All things considered I was very lucky and don't have anything to complain about, but having Daisy next to me just made everything easier.
Comfort and therapy animals are often in the news. From the Lutheran Comfort Dogs in Boston and Newtown, CT to dogs helping witnesses testify in court, dogs (and cats! not intentionally forgetting the therapy cats out there :) can bring a calming effect to people. Studies have shown that petting animals lowers blood pressure. Personally, Daisy provides all of the above for me, as well as being a fun companion during the day. Working from home has its privileges :)
Partially thanks to Daisy, I hope to restart my normal blogging routine with this post. We have a lot of exciting things going on here at AdopTee's & Wiggly Butt Designs, and they need to be shared. I mean, with all the benefits that animals provide us humans, the least we can do is create products for them to make their butts wiggle!