What is Hygge?
Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word which can be described as
‘ a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or wellbeing‘
We’re all talking about Hygge and how to achieve it, but a fine example of it is right under our noses in the form of our pets.
Hygge From Pets
My dogs have idyllic lives. They spend much of their lives napping, in a cosy bed or on a lovely soft cushion. On really special days they will find a sunny spot to laze in and think about their next hearty meal. When the weather changes they are supplied with a warm jumper to wear and a roaring fire. People stop by to stroke their fur and tickle their tummies. They have a furry friend nearby who offers security as well as a warm body to snuggle too.
Dogs really do crave warmth, comfort, and contentment. They will find the very last rays of sunshine at the end of a summers day and choose the warmest spot in front of the fire in Winter. They know that by huddling together they will be warmer and love nothing more than a contented snooze after a long walk.
So why don’t we take a leaf out of their books? They certainly seem to naturally know how to Hygge and we can learn so much from them.
Here’s How to Hygge With Your Dog
1. When you have a few hours free switch off electricals and take laptops, mobile phones, and tablets out of the room.
2.Light a candle and make sure that the room is warm and dimly lit.
3.Make a hot chocolate and invite your dog or cat to come over for a cuddle.
4.Lower your blood pressure by gently stroking your pet.
5.Feel your pet’s heart beating close to yours and try to clear your mind.
6.Pull a warm blanket over both of you and drift off together.
Here is Darcy in his ‘snuggle sack’. Dachshunds love to burrow and often sleep completely submerged under a blanket. They are good for giving the dog or cat a warm safe haven and they are easy to wash and dry. In the photo, the snuggle sack has been placed on the sofa but I also put it in his bed. They are great for dogs who are nervous car travellers too.