National Puppy Day is March 23

Pet therapy is more important than ever.

By Patricia Canavan, Communications Specialist, editor Pet-of-the-Week,

National Puppy Day

COVID-19 has seeped into our daily lives uprooting our schedules and routines, distancing us from others, and adding stress and anxiety to everyone. The lucky ones who own pets and are working from home, can find relief in just a few minutes of holding or petting our furry friends. And, it they are anything like my dogs, they will be sitting right by your side, filling in the empty space we feel and bringing much needed calm.

If you are worried about your dog or cat and coronavirus, be reassured your pet is not likely to catch the virus, but here are some precautions you should take.

It’s always Puppy Day in my house! My dogs are technically no longer puppies, but to me, they are my precious furry babies, my pups!

Puppies are cuddly, snuggly, joyful, carefree, affectionate and totally trusting! Just seeing or holding a puppy makes you smile! What’s not to love!

Here are some guidelines to consider before owning a pup.

  • Take your time and research.
  • Puppies are time-consuming and require commitment
  • They will have accidents in your house
  • Puppies might wake you up a few times during the night
  • Puppies can’t be left alone for more than a couple of hours
  • They can be destructive. Your home needs to be puppy-proofed
  • Consider adoption
  • Puppies (dogs, pets) are expensive (consider insurance. NCC offers pet insurance through Nationwide at very reasonable rates).

There are so many benefits of owning a puppy. You have a built-in walking companion. If you allow your pup to sleep in your bed, you never have to sleep alone. Whether you are out all day or just for an hour, your pup will exuberantly greet you! You will be loved unconditionally!

Even if you don’t have a puppy, celebrate with your dog or other pet. As the editor of Dog-of-Week and Pet-of-the-Week, I have seen the same comments made over and over when asked “what is the most rewarding aspect of owning your pet?” – unconditional love, loyalty, puts a smile on my face! And, they ask for nothing back.  They can read our emotions and they soothe us when we are sick or upset. It’s been said pets lower blood pressure!

So many touching stories were shared. Here are just a few: Buffy, who beat cancer twice, is happy and healthy! Archie endured treatments for arthritis, never complaining, just accepting his limitations. Phoenix, a rescue from Taiwan, was timid and nervous, but with love he came out of his shell and is a happy dog. Bella is blind, but her dog-siblings take care of her!

Archie’s “dad” sent me this message after we highlighted Archie: “I know I have already thanked you for choosing our Airedale terrier Archie to be this week's Dog-of-the-Week.  I need to thank you again for another reason.  Archie's pancreatitis flared up again yesterday and we had to have him put to sleep this afternoon. Having him chosen the last week of his life was obviously accidental, but in hindsight very fitting.  You made his passing a little easier for my wife and me.”  

Sometimes I feel like “that crazy dog lady” when I send my dogs to holiday parties at their doggie daycare center. They get special homemade treats, play games and even had blueberry facials! They have their own Christmas stockings and Easter baskets. They are an important part of my life and I just can’t imagine my home without them!

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