Therapeutic Power of Dogs
This is a guest blog by my daughter….
You’ve already been introduced to Rosie my 5-year-old Cavapoo who came into our lives in 2012. Little did I know when we decided to get a puppy just how important she would become to my wellbeing and how much she would help me through some extremely difficult times.
Having been married for a year we decided that the time was right to add to our family with a four-legged friend. Having grown up with dogs it was very exciting to be getting one of our own, the addition of a puppy seemed to make our house a home.
We had spent some time choosing the perfect breed for us. One which ideally didn’t shed too much (as my hubby has a phobia of pet hair) and a pup that would fit in with our lifestyles. It didn’t occur to me that the dog we chose would become a source of therapy and support.
It was a year or so later when we first realized that growing our family wasn’t going to be straight forward for us and that four-legged babies may be the best that we could hope for.
Throughout the rollercoaster of emotions that infertility brings Rosie has been my rock. I call her ‘mummy’s angel’ and she is just that. When I’ve been at my lowest she has seemed to just know! She would come and wrap her front legs around my neck, hugging me just like a human would do. She is by my side through thick and thin and picks me up when I’m feeling down.
Infertility really knocks the confidence and can make you feel inferior, incapable and very low, but the beauty of a dog is that no matter how you feel about yourself, they accept you and adore you unconditionally.
I’m not a particularly spiritual person but I do believe that she was sent to me, to help me through what was to be a difficult time. She gives me strength when times are hard and reminds me that although we don’t have babies of our own I am the centre of her little world and she sees me as her mum.
It’s difficult to explain to someone who isn’t a dog lover just how strong the dog/owner bond can be and I would imagine that some would find it strange that a dog has provided me with comfort and support through such hard times just by being there.
It’s not surprising to me that dogs are used for therapy in children’s hospitals and retirement homes. They can help lift the spirits of a person receiving end-of-life care and can calm young children with autism or behavioural difficulties.
Rosie is the most affectionate dog that I have ever known and I honestly can’t remember life without her. If we never have a baby of our own I feel sure that I have then next best thing!
If you ask me dog therapy should be made available on prescription!
Mummy’s Angel 🙂