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.
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.
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?