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#361: Fighting the Blues

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Last night for a few minutes I felt sorry for myself, something that is not a normal situation for me. I felt discouraged because life wasn't treating me as I thought it should. Although the depression did not last long, the pets sensed it and came to comfort me. It may sound strange to say that but those who are pet owners know exactly what I mean.

First Baby and Thumper, the dogs, put their heads on my knee and began to wag their tails. Well, Thumper the Shepherd did. Baby the Boxer has no tail so her whole back end wriggled. It is always funny seeing her do that. Then the cats Brownie and Kitty started winding their way through my legs and raising their heads for a scratch.

Giving all of them attention took my focus off of my worries and lifted my spirits. I didn't need to call a close friend and talk. Just knowing I was loved and appreciated was enough. Perhaps it is weird receiving encouragement from animals. But sometimes there is no one around and we often don't want to toss our burdens onto someone else anyway.

The fact is, life gets us down from time to time and we need to find a release and not wallow in despair and depression. After some pet time I said a prayer and took some "me" time. In a short while I began to feel better. I focused on listing the positives in my life, of which there are plenty, and began to feel even better.

I believe having a solid foundation in positive thinking helps us recover more quickly from such bouts of the blues. It sure did help me and may help you, too, when life becomes too much to bear. Just taking a few minutes every day and reminding ourselves of the positives in our lives will do us a world of good.

Although, spending time with a loved one, be they a person or pet, is not a bad idea either.
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    I miss having pets, reading this made me smile as it brought back good memories of when I did have pets and what a comfort they can be. Thanks for the nice feelings. Joy
    3897 days ago
    What an awesome testimony, Lou. God love Baby's little heart. Hiney wiggles are always a good thing!

    When Bill is out for 28 days, and when he was the chef on his ships, before he got his master's license, he'd always arrive home for his two weeks off with a ham bone stashed in baggies in his duffel bag. She quickly got into the habit of meeting Bill's truck in the driveway when he got home, tail a-waggin.

    I teased Bill one time that he always pet the dog before kissing me hello when he got home after being away a month. He retorted: Meet me outside with your tail waggin like Reggie does and I'll kiss you first! LOL
    3900 days ago
    Maxie and Cracker (my puppy dog and kitty) both sense it when one of us are not feeling good. I love it when Maxie at night will check each room at night to make sure all are snug in their beds then goes and lays in the middle of the hall way until morning. When Cracker senses that one of us is not up to par he will come cuddle you and then his purr button starts up, just to say"I'm here, just relax all will be well!"

    Love your blog Lou! Take Care emoticon

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    3900 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/28/2010 8:32:11 AM
    We aren't allowed to have pets here; but I know the can be a great source of comfort.
    3900 days ago
    I'm glad your animals are so loved they are in tune to your feelings. There are many stories like this of pet owners and their pets who have brought them through something whether minore or tragic.

    Peace and Love
    3900 days ago
    Pets are the best at sensing when you are blue and you don't have to say a word! Just seeing my dog's tail wag makes me laugh and in a better mood! He's just so darn cute!
    Listing your blessings also works well as it puts life back into perspective! We really all do have so much to be thankful for, even when we are having a bad day!
    Enjoyed your blog! Glad you shook it off and fell better!
    Have a good night.
    3900 days ago
    Lou, I agree with you wholeheartedly. This morning, at church, they started singing, "Count Your Many Blessings," and I found myself saying, "Oh, why'd they have to pick THIS song!" Then, as I joined in with the alto part, it just seemed to fit, and I found myself mentally counting them! Also, our sheltie, Charlie, often comes up to me at just the right time and pushes my hand up with his little long nose so that I'll know he's there! Aren't pets just awesome! I liked your blog, friend! If I don't get to read your blogs while I'm gone, I'll try to when I can. I hate to miss even one!
    3900 days ago
    I love this. It's true - my pets sense my mood. When I'm crying they come and lick my tears. When I'm lonely they sit on my chest, purring. It's so good to have friends, human and animal. I'm glad you are feeling better.
    3900 days ago
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