If you know me at all, you know about my dog. She does actually have a name (Foxy) although we most often call her Pup. She is a writer’s best companion, at least this writer’s best companion.
As I write this post, she’s curled up under my desk patiently waiting for me to shut down the laptop and go to bed. Every once in a while, I hear a sigh reminding me she’s still waiting.
When I talk about Pup on Facebook or Twitter, I can expect many responses. Everyone chimes in to ask about her latest antics or to tell tales of their own pet’s idiosyncrasies. So why am I discussing pets when this blog is supposed to be about health and healing?
Our pets can (and do!) help us heal.
Sharing stories of our pets is great for several reasons. First, we’re sharing fun and friendly stories – no angst, drama, or woe. Second, we’re getting to know each other. How we interact with our pets says a lot about us. Lastly, we’re sharing parts of our lives that do not include the daily struggles of living with chronic illness. Isn’t it nice to talk about something else now and then?
On social media platforms, I mention Pup almost every day. She helps me write, or gets me outside to walk. She paws my laptop telling me to get up and move. She uses very unsubtle cues telling me it’s mealtime. She runs with me into my exercise room eager for adventure, wagging her tail until I climb on my elliptical machine. Then she throws all 9.5 pounds of herself onto the floor as if she’s saying, “Not this again … how boring!”
If you haven’t read my book, FibroWHYalgia yet, then you don’t know that she’s in there, too (www.RebuildingWellness.com). I tell several stories of her adventures. What you won’t find in my book is her story of healing — I’ll leave that for another day. As important as she is, I did make sure that she graces the back cover (you can see that photo here from my Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/d6ktmB).
Do you have pets that have pulled you through the tough times? Dogs, cats, birds, fishes who share the good, the bad, and the ugly with you? I’d love to hear about them. Sharing about our pets, after all, is a bonding experience – and a healthy one at that.
Right now, another soft sigh has drifted out from the darkness near my feet. She’s reminding me to wrap-up this post, so I’d better listen. I’m calling it a day — Pup’s orders.