33 Days: “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”
Evee is such a good girl. She’s the dog that I always let children pet, the dog that will happily lay next to an elderly person for hours, the dog that knows no strangers in life. It’s because of this, her goodness, that I’ve dreamed of starting my own animal-based therapy practice. Research has shown that pets bring about all sorts of health benefits, from improving our mood and reducing our stress to controlling our blood pressure better than medications can. Dogs are almost magical healers – I’ve witnessed typically nonsocial children verbalize and patients with memory disorders put some pieces of the puzzle back together, all after petting a dog. I took this picture of Evee today while she was sunning herself out in the front yard. The daffodils were blooming, the birds were singing, the sun was shining – what a beautiful day! As I look at this picture and reflect on Evee’s therapy dog experiences, I recognize something that she has given every person that she has met – hope. Hope for a better today, a better tomorrow, a better future. Evee reminds me to follow my dreams, soak in the sun, stop to smell the flowers, and above all, never let go of hope.