The Healing Nature of Our Pets

Whenever I’m worried or anxious I have several different ways that I handle it and two of them have always involved my Goldens. Of course walking with my dog has always been a great way for me to think things through.

But the most healing way for me to feel better is to touch my dog. Whether it’s on his head or chest or shoulders. Recently I went to the doctor and had an endoscopy. When I got home I was still a little groggy so I put Morgan up on the bed and climbed in with him. We spent the afternoon resting and eating snacks. I kept him close to me and petted his big head and I found my health worries subsiding. I felt relieved that whatever was upsetting my system would finally be discovered. (The results showed a common upper body bacterial infection and antibiotics would have it gone in 10 days. I’m better now.)

When I first got Morgan he was so wild and crazy it was all I could do to keep him from hurting anyone including himself. I remember standing in front of our first trainer when he told me that Morgan’s aggressive behavior might be a “lifestyle”; one he might never grow out of.  I didn’t know how to respond. I looked down at Morgan and put my hand on his little head and my fears lifted. I knew that he was my dog no matter what and I would do whatever it took for him to have a great life.

Now we’ve been together for over 8 years. I don’t know how I could have faced life’s challenges without him. Morgan has mellowed out. Actually, both of us have mellowed out. I believe there is nothing more therapeutic than rubbing Morgan’s head. I feel sorry for those who don’t have a pet.

So the next time you’re anxious or worried take a few moments with your dog or cat and feel those troubles melt away.

5 replies
  1. Kathy Barnes
    Kathy Barnes says:

    Dan, this was so very wonderful and very true. Honey Sunshine and Sugar Moonbeam are great comfort to me and I don’t know what I would do without their Love. Have a blessed day my friend.

    • Dan Perdios
      Dan Perdios says:


      Thanks for your kind words and for sharing. Your Heidi was such a love. I could tell how much joy she brought into your life by the way you talk about her. Sleeping next to our dogs – especially our Labs and Goldens is so nurturing. it’s life changing. I too am glad you got to be her mommy and I know Heidi was glad for it too.

      • Dan Perdios
        Dan Perdios says:


        Thanks for sharing and for your kind words. I can see how Sweet Honey Sunshine and Sugar Moonbeam bring such comfort. And of course Angel Dusty was your boy. I too don’t know what I would have done with out my Goldens. My life would be so different and with a lot less joy in it. A blessed day to you and your family.

  2. Rachel Rosenbaum
    Rachel Rosenbaum says:

    I loved this article, Dan and it was so well written and very true. I can remember finding endless joy and comfort when I would pet Heidi, my Lab/Golden mix and sleep with her. It was a real bonding experience for both of us. I miss her so much, but I am so grateful to have had the honor of being her Mommy. Thank for the great read!

  3. Felix
    Felix says:

    All I have to do is look at my dog, Alvin, and I feel better. Our adorable little guy emits love and joy, and all who meet him sense this. Loved this blog, Dan!


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