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February 23, 2011


Well, I brought my little booty into work yesterday, but my boss sent me home after an hour.  He was convinced that I was carrying some kind of plague.

Because I’ve been sick at home, I’ve had the opportunity to spend lots of quality time with my little girl over the past few days.

I truly believe that she has positively impacted my life (and Michael’s life as well), so I thought that I’d share some of the wonderful ways in which she makes my life better and influences the way that I see the world.

She doesn’t judge. Animals do not care if you’re out of shape, are having a bad hair day, or if your skin is broken out.  The only thing that matters to them is that you love them and pay attention to them (and give them treats every so often).

"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." ~George Eliot


No matter what I do, she forgives me. I’ve stepped on Emma (by accident, of course), forgotten to bring her inside, and I’ve scolded her for misbehaving.  I also tell her that she stinks like poop. Despite those things, she never holds a grudge.  In fact, she reacts by giving me big slobbery kisses.

She is always happy to see me. Unless you’re Oprah, you’ve probably never had someone running circles because they were so overjoyed that you walked in the door.  Knowing that you can make another living creature that excited has just got to make you feel good.

She gets me moving. There are days when I don’t feel like working out, but I don’t want to be completely lazy either.   Taking your dog for a walk is a great way to get moving and enjoy the outdoors.

Better yet, take a hint from Peanut Butter Fingers and bring your pet to a dog park and toss around a Frisbee or ball.

She makes me laugh. And laughter is the best medicine, right?  Emma cracks me up each and every day.  I love her playful personality and the fact that she is full of character.

If you don’t have your own dog and need a laugh, check out Tina’s blogMurphy (and Tina’s commentary on what he does) is a riot!

After a day of mommy-puppy time, Michael came home from work and was feeling much better.  Since I was perking up too, I decided to make pizza just for him.

I used whole wheat pizza dough from Trader Joe’s for the crust, Trader Joe’s pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, pepperoni, and caramelized onions.

After dinner, we spent the rest of the night relaxing with Miss Emma.

Whether you have a dog, a cat, a goldfish, a gerbil, or a talking giraffe (and if anyone does, I’d be curious to know about it), please share the ways in which they make your life better. 🙂

For information on how pets can positively impact your health, read this article.

And be sure to check out the new Quotes page that I added to the blog.  I’m a total sucker for quotes (and always have been), so if you have any to add, please email them to me at or leave a comment.  I’ll do my best to add them all!

I must confess that after I drafted this post Emma peed on the carpet right in front of us- which she never does.  Maybe she didn’t like that I planned to tell everyone how she stinks like poop…

Have a wonderful day!

  1. February 23, 2011 12:10 PM

    Agree with you on all those points about dogs! My puppy always knows when I’m having a bad day and she will sit with me and keep me company. 🙂

    • February 23, 2011 12:40 PM

      Aw. How sweet! 🙂 I feel like Emma knows when I am sick because she doesn’t leave my side during those times.

  2. February 23, 2011 1:10 PM

    Gus makes our lives better for exactly the reasons you already listed: he never judges, always forgives and is so excited to see us! He’s the best thing that’s ever happened to us. 🙂

    • February 23, 2011 1:25 PM

      How sweet! I just checked out your blog, and Gus is absolutely adorable!

  3. February 23, 2011 7:54 PM

    No pets here. Our apartment complex doesn’t allow them! 😦
    But I love living vicariously through all the bloggers that have adorable pups! 🙂

  4. February 24, 2011 10:27 AM

    omg such a sweet puppy! i have an obsession with white puppies.

    • February 24, 2011 10:29 AM

      You’d be in heaven at my family’s house right now then. My dad just surprised both my mother and sister with Westie puppies! My sister’s is only 6 weeks old and weighs 4 pounds!

  5. February 24, 2011 11:15 AM

    I am a dog person, can’t live without them. They are one of my big passions. I agree with so many of the things you said. They help me live in the moment and make me laugh.

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