I have two dogs, Walter and Toby. I’ve had Walter since he was a pup, he’s now 8 1/2 years old. I’ve only had Toby for about 1 1/2 years. I’m not exaggerating at all when I say Walter has saved my life.
I’m not even sure I can adequately put into words how my dogs constantly help with my anxiety. Just knowing they are there is a huge help. But, they are acutely aware of when I’m feeling stressed, anxious, upset, etc. When I’m feeling any of this, they are extra close to me. Always snuggling. Never leaving my side. That comfort is sometimes enough to make me feel better.
I honestly believe I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. My struggles would be far worse than they actually are. Not to mention, I’m never actually alone since I have Walter and Toby. This also is extremely helpful.
While they may not 100% get rid of my anxiety, they most definitely lessen my anxious feelings.
I can’t say it enough times…dogs are everything. They will love you unconditionally. My boys make life easier.