3 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Our Pets

We are very excited this Wordless Wednesday to be celebrating our amazing relationship with dogs, and sharing a guest post by  author and expert Marybeth Haines. 

TH lovely girl & pup

Why is it that we connect so strongly to our pets?  What happens when we share the bond and connection that we do?  Let’s talk about this.

 1) Pets connect us to parts of ourselves we might not otherwise open up to be

Have you ever felt that you could be truly you with your dog?  The way they look at you with trusting eyes saying that they do not care about physical aspects of life.  They care about affection, love and connection.

Dogs do not judge nor criticize.   They are unconditional in that they accept you for YOU.  Just think for a moment on how powerful this connection becomes knowing that you are number one in their eyes.

 2)Pets create calmness and healing

In my book The Power of Pets – 7 Effective Tools to Heal From Pet Loss, I share about Ernie Slone, Editor of DOG Fancy, DogChannel.com.

Ernie has two therapy dogs, Gordon and Gypsy who visit patients in hospitals. They have touched the lives of more than 21,000 people. Patients who have been depressed start to smile or when end of life is near, some patients pass with peacefulness knowing their life was touched by these amazing souls called dogs.  The evidence is clear – pets heal.


3) Pets bring us GIFTS

How many times has your dog made you laugh, smile or take a deep breath of relaxation?  Has he/she ever brought you from anxiousness to calmness or from sadness to happiness?

These are all gifts. Picture in your mind’s eye a box that is beautifully wrapped and inside this box are gifts from your pet.  This box holds the sounds of laughter, playtime and love.  It is a gift that will always be with you in your heart and memory.

Closing thought:  Pets are for life.  Let’s honour, remember and celebrate!


Marybeth Haines is a grief consultant and educator, and the author of The Power

of Pets – 7 Effective Tools To Heal From Pet Loss. Her specialized focus is providing

support in pet bereavement. She holds the strong belief that pets can teach people

many things about life and so can the grief associated with their death. Marybeth

empowers people to make choices that promote action, personal growth and

healing. Website:  www.authormarybethhaines.com


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