I read an article in USA Today, which said having a dog can improve your health. According to the article, dogs make life friendlier, help us become more active, and help us heal.

I started to think about my relationship with my dogs and what my dogs are helping me do. They’re pretty lazy so they don’t help me become more active. In fact I think I could teach them a thing or two! However, the article also states that we learn about love through our dogs. This idea struck more of a chord for me. There is a bond that you create with your pet that isn’t unlike the bond with a child. I’ve had other dogs in my lifetime, but I think it’s at this particular time in my life — early 30s — that I really needed to learn and understand the parent/child type of love. My dogs have taught me that.

Has your dog improved your mental or physical health in some way?