My idea of a perfect morning usually starts with a peaceful run outside, where the air is fresh, the leaves crunch beneath my feat and my favorite running buddy is by my side. This running buddy is none other than my loyal, canine companion, Blue (aka Blueberry). Thanks to Blue, I hit the pavement everyday, rain or shine, without question. Sure, there are days when we’ll do a brisk walk instead of a run. And there are days when we find ourselves running like the wind, abundant with energy. But one thing remains constant and that’s the connection we have with one another.
With Blue, it’s simple. She is unconditionally loyal and adoring, always free of judgement or expectations. She doesn’t care what I look like or what my mile time is. She just wants to run! So, that’s what we do. And the results are nothing short of glorious. We find refuge from the hustle and bustle in the serenity of nature. We find inspiration in our surroundings, from the chirping birds to the canopy of trees above. When we arrive home, Blue is happy and tired, and I feel more energized, ready to take on the day. It’s a win for both of us!
Having Blue as a companion has changed my mindset on many things – running being just one of them. What used to feel like a chore is now a joy, because I have my girl to keep me going.
Like all of us with furry family members, it’s often the case that they give more to us than we give to them. Animals help brighten our mood, reduce our stress and boost our immunity. They even help to keep our blood cholesterol and blood pressure in check, according to WebMD’s list of 27 WAYS PETS CAN IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH
Companion animals, and all animals, in their benevolent, calming way have the ability to enrich our lives in countless ways. PAWS SF sites all kinds of HEALTH BENEFITS OF COMPANION ANIMALS ranging from physiological and social to psychological.
You don’t have to be a runner or a jogger to enjoy the outdoors with your furry companion. A walk through your neighborhood or a hike are just as rewarding to you and the pup.
So, if you’re looking to bring a new running, walking or hiking buddy into your loving home check out these great resources for adoption.
ARF (this is where Coach Michelle adopted her sweet Marcus!)