How getting a pet has had a positive impact on my mental health.

I previously wrote a post looking back on 2019 here. One of the best things that had happened was bringing Bella home. She had her 6 month birthday on the 25th December, and by then she had been in our life over 4 months. So today I am talking our pet Bella and how she has improved my mental health and Emma’s.

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We had talked for absolute months about how we needed and wanted a puppy in our life’s, but it was something that we were going to do when we got our own place. However, we decided in the summer that we couldn’t wait for any longer. Especially having puppy sat for a beautiful pup for a friend. It wasn’t until we actually got Bella that we realised how much of a big difference to us she had made.

Bella is a Jackawawa. We have had her with us since she was 8 weeks old. In fact, I am pretty sure she may have even been slightly younger than 8 weeks. when we first brought Bella home, she was TINY. I literally mean the size of a sky TV remote.

Having a pet can boost your confidence and reduce anxiety.

From the day we brought Bella home with us our life’s changed straight away. She is our little fur baby. Both mine and Emma’s anxieties started decreasing majorly. We had a new and positive focus, and it is still like that to this day.
When I am feeling stressed or anxious for whatever reason, Bella comes and gives cuddles and licks my face making me laugh. It must be true that a pet really does feel our emotions and tensions.

A pet is not just a pet, they are family.

Just like other fur baby mummies and daddies, she is part of our family. Bella is not just a pet to us.
We know we are not alone either. I see so many people treat their pets as if they are human! Honestly.
I am definitely not ashamed to admit, we are there with them.

Positive memories with your pet.

So many photos have been taken and so many memories have already been made. We haven’t even reached a year yet. Her first feed with us, Her first trip into the garden, Her being a manic, her first bath and so many more.

All of these memories are special. We have taken so many photos! Bella even has her own Instagram page here.

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Pets help routine.

Almost like owning an alarm clock. Having a pet definitely changes and defines your routine. When they wake up, it is pretty certain they will wanna wake you up too. Your pet doesn’t care what time it is or if you want to laze in bed that day because they need to get up and get outside to do their business. Especially with dogs.
Dogs and other pets seem to have this ability to know their own routine inside out! they know exactly when it is their dinner time and when you are going out and coming back. Almost like they can read your mind. Since we got Bella we wake up a lot earlier most days to make sure she’s ok.

They just bring natural happiness.

I honestly just have to look at Bella, and I find myself smiling. Her little face. Her cheeky attitude. I absolutely adore her. Which, just makes me feel so much happiness. She is totally our baby girl, and she is precious to us. I would honestly say that she just naturally ups are mood, making us feel happier on a daily basis. Which is so good for your mental health!

Everything that I have written here today is my own personal opinions and experiences, so I would love to know if you agree or feel the same when it comes to pets. Leave a comment below.

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3 Comments

  1. Avatar February 21, 2020 / 8:46 pm

    I completely understand where you are coming from! I got my boy Alfie over a year and a half ago now, and he’s been amazing for my mental health. He’s my best friend and a massive part of our family now, and I can’t imagine a day without him!

    Beka | http://www.bekadaisies.com

  2. Avatar March 5, 2020 / 12:59 am

    🙂 I can certainly relate to pets being part of our family.

    I used to be the caretaker of a dog.

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      AlexaJade
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      March 7, 2020 / 9:28 am

      Oh there just so connected to us humans.
      Bella is pretty much like a mini human 💛

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