7 Amazing Benefits to Walking With Your Dog

When I’m feeling blue, my dogs motivate me to get out and walk. And when I do, I always gain fresh perspective and feel happier!

Life is tough, and more often than not we find ourselves sitting inside lamenting our problems in the dark rather than getting outside and letting nature and sunshine help us heal.

Personally, I think dog owners have an amazing advantage in this area. Dogs need their daily walks or playtime outside. What better motivator to lay aside our problems and get outside and hang out with our furry friends!

If you’re feeling sad or troubled in heart, I’d like to encourage you to get your walking shoes on, and get outside. Let your dogs lead you to beautiful places where nature soothes the weary soul and vibrant colors ignite feelings of hope. Breath in the fresh air and exhale any worry and fear. See God in creation, be encouraged, and give thanks.

There are countless amazing benefits to walking your dog. These are just a few I’ve found personally helpful.

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Taking Time Away from Blogging and Why

Sometimes you just need time away. Something deep within you is calling you to the quiet. When that happens, it’s important to listen . . .

As with anything in life, sometimes we just need a little time away to refresh our spirits, fill up, and figure things out. That said, I wanted to send a little note to say that I’ll be taking some time away from blogging, and to share why.

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Are You Nature Deprived?

Nature is calling, are you listening?

You’ve been in your computer all week, glued to your desk or smart phone, or sitting in board meetings from sun up to sun down. You’re feeling a bit stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, and a little “blue.” Could it be that you’re nature deprived?

Nature is all around us, calling us to come out and unwind. Yet we rarely find time to walk in it or sit and gaze at its wonders. Continue reading “Are You Nature Deprived?”

Video of my Poodle Learning “Through” [47 seconds]

My adorable standard poodle recently learned a new trick!

As a proud pet parent of course I had to share. He learned to go “through” my legs in just a few short sessions. As I was teaching my dog this trick Psalm 23:4 came to mind…

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Live in the Moment [Dog Wisdom #1]

Dog Wisdom

If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret. —Jim Carrey

Dogs are some of my favorite teachers, imparting wisdom into my life in ways I never thought possible! One of the most cherished lessons I’ve learned from my dogs is to live in the moment. Dogs are masters of mindfulness. In other words, they are aware of their surroundings and what they are doing moment by moment . . . and I believe that they extract the fullest joy from each moment. I think this is what gives them their seemingly carefree spirit.

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Happy Hormones [Find Out Why Dogs Make Us Happy]

Feeling Blue? Find out why dogs make us happy.
photo credit: Leila Grandemange

Feeling blue? Be forewarned, when coming into contact with a dog, you might catch some happy hormones!

If you’re feeling sad, there’s probably one thing you’re looking for . . . RELIEF! In other words, you want to be happy again. Happiness can be found in many places, but none more available and sure than in the arms of your dog!

We certainly feel better when surrounded by our canine companions, but what’s actually going on behind the scenes?  Continue reading “Happy Hormones [Find Out Why Dogs Make Us Happy]”