I remember watching Scooby Doo as a kid and remember his little nephew Scrappy coming to visit every once in awhile. He was over-confident, with a "let me at 'em" attitude, constantly exclaiming "Puppy Power"! This little phrase ran through my mind and I started thinking about the true power of a puppy.
Dr. Ann Berger, a researcher and physician with NIH Clinical Center in Maryland comments on the research being done to see the effects of animals on people and their well-being.
“Dogs are very present. If someone is struggling with something, they know how to sit there and be loving,” says Dr. Ann Berger. “Their attention is focused on the person all the time. The foundations of mindfulness include attention, intention, compassion, and awareness,” Berger says. “All of those things are things that animals bring to the table. People kind of have to learn it. Animals do this innately.”
I'm excited to see more results of the research that's being done, but honestly, it won't tell us anything new. We already know there's nothing better than going home after a long or rough day and getting into your pajama pants, grabbing a cup of coffee (also known as a hug in a mug) and loving on your pal, Fido. Of course our 98 lb. lab thinks he's a lap dog and thinks cuddling is best in the recliner.
In the mornings, as I open my bible to study, there is my pup, lying protectively at my feet. He's a shield to anyone who means me harm, a constant love, and a friend who listens. If you are searching for that friend, I pray you first know Jesus Christ as your Savior. He is the greatest protector - fighting daily for you- even giving His own life for you. And if you do, rest in His joy and peace with your pup by your side. That's why we love what we do. Thank you for the opportunity to share both with you.