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How My Emotional Support Dog Changed My Life

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Honestly, it sounds kind of *fru-fru* or dumb thinking that a dog changed my life and my mindset so much, but it’s true. *shrugs*

I became a dog mom over the summer last year. It was pretty evident from the beginning that Spot (my pupper) claimed me as his person. *insert heart eyes* 

It may sound dumb to you, but Spot has taught me more about myself than I ever imagined a person, let alone a dog, could. I think I just needed a push in the right direction to find my happiness.

For so long, I just assumed the role of a “bitch” for lack of a better word. I always felt like people looked at me this way, so I just went with it. Why did I feel this way? No idea. That’s just part of self-doubt.

happy dog

Having a sweet creature in my life who depends on me for literally everything turned my bad attitude and outlook on life completely in the opposite direction. 

I thought people looked at me like I was mean, and a lot of the time, I acted that way. I thought that was what was expected of me. Spot has helped me develop a much softer spot (lol) for all people. And more patience. So. Much. More. Patience.

I feel like my outlook on human relationships has totally changed for the better. 

I used to keep to myself most of the time, and I had, for the longest time, felt like I was forced to deal with my emotional problems on my own, making it almost impossible to recover from past traumas. I wouldn’t open up to people because I just assumed no one cared to hear what I had to say.

Now, I find myself feeling less afraid to speak up and talk to new people. Plus, dog chats are a great conversation starter!

My anxiety has disappeared almost completely over the past five months. 

I used to have such a negative mindset about where I was at in my life. I always felt like I wasn’t good enough, smart enough, pretty enough. I. Always. Felt. Like. That. 

spot-the-dog

Somehow, this little guy made me forget all of those negative thoughts and stop that kind of self-talk.  

It feels so freeing to be in the mindset that I’m in now. It’s actually hard to write this blog because I don’t even feel like the same person I was months ago, and channeling her just feels … idk weird.

Even discounting myself and saying things like “this sounds dumb” aren’t part of my vocabulary anymore. I have to force myself to write it in this post just to sound more relatable. *cringe* – sorry. 

I had spoken to my doctor about an emotional support animal prior to getting Spot, and a few months later, I found my sweet boy at a local shelter, and I just knew he was the one. 

I think about where I was mentally a few months ago, and I can’t believe the work I’ve been able to do in my head to change my heart and mindset for the better. It’s truly incredible. 

I can’t help but think my dog had a lot to do with it. 🙂

Ok, so if you are a dog mom like so many of us are… I want to know – how has your dog changed your life?And on an emotional level, how has your dog made your life better?

How Having an Emotional Support Dog Changed My Life

4 Comments

  1. It’s funny, isn’t it? How we all have perceptions about people and what their experience of life is based on what they choose to show us? And how almost 100% of the time, our perceptions would be Dead.Wrong.? As you have come into adulthood, I have viewed you as a very confident, motivated, independent, young adult, and it never crossed my mind you were struggling. I still view you in those ways, and even more so knowing you’ve been dealing with the issues you talk about. My heart smiles though reading this and knowing that you are on the other side of it.

    I’m so glad that your friendship with Becca has endured through all the distance and years. I know that she cherishes it and she can count on you. I pray you two are always there for each other. It brings me comfort because sometimes Moms just can’t be there in the same ways a bestie can.

    I pray for continued growth and emotional well-being for you, and just for your life path in general. I love you, The Reason. And I’m proud of you!

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