If there’s one good thing that’s come out of this whole pandemic situation it’s that I’ve been reminded of what an important role Ellie plays in my life.
I simply could not have gotten through the last few months without her sloppy kisses and constant companionship.
Keeping her healthy and happy is a priority.
Because I want her around as long as possible.
That means keeping the treats and table scraps to a minimum so she stays healthy.
And feeding her a well-balanced diet.
Just as with humans, dogs are at higher risk for developing health complications if they’re overweight.
I also make sure she gets plenty of exercise.
This includes regular, daily walks, as well as some leash-free playtime in our backyard where she can run around and fetch balls.
And also, mental exercises like hiding little morsels of food and letting her search and find them.
Dog brains need to be exercised just like human ones to stay sharp.
To keep Ellie’s teeth healthy (and her breath smelling fresh), we brush her teeth regularly.
I say “we” because in our house this is a 2-person job, as Ellie is not a big fan of the brushing, even with the chicken-flavored toothpaste.
Cavities aren’t really a concern, but plaque buildup is.
Excess plaque and tartar can result in gum diseases, tooth loss and pain.
Of course, she goes to the vet for regular checkups and vaccinations.
Some dogs absolutely hate going to the vet, but not my Ellie, as she’s learned that a treat is involved after her exam.
Most importantly, to keep her happy and healthy, we shower Ellie with lots of love and affection.
Connections are as important to dogs as they are to their owners.
Pets, belly rubs and cuddles bring us closer together and strengthen our bond.
And, there are few things I’d rather do than snuggle with my pup.
Since March, dog ownership has increased across the country.
If you’ve welcomed a new pup into your home, let me say, thank you.
Thank you for giving this dog a warm, safe place to call home.
Just remember, dogs are for life… not just lockdowns.
Keep them happy and healthy and they’ll reward you with abundant love and loyalty for years to come.
Stay safe out there.