The Family Dog

I put my dog down today. It was a moment full of sadness. Anyone who has ever owned a dog knows the joy they bring into your family. It starts with puppy breath when you first bring them home and ends with years of memories woven into your heart.

I think I am doing better dealing with his loss, and I start to cry out of nowhere. This blog makes me cry. Yet, having my life enriched with all the years of enjoying our bond was worth it.


There are so many reasons why dogs make our life richer, fuller. They bring energy and vitality into a house and make it a home. They are terrific for kids, giving many life lessons. Here are a few of the ways dogs are beneficial to own.

  1. Companionship: You will never be alone; dogs follow you everywhere. For kids, this is great, they run out the door, and the dog is right behind them. For someone living alone, a dog will bring friendship into your home. A once quiet, lonely room transforms into a place of warmth as you snuggle up with your furry friend.

  2. Physical health: Studies have shown pet ownership can lower your blood pressure. Interacting with your dog will release serotonin in your brain, enhancing your mood. For someone living alone, petting your dog, sharing mutual affection has a profound effect.

  3. Security: A big dog is like have a private security guard on duty 24 hours a day. They will protect you at all times. Even a tiny dog will alert you to someone at your front door.

  4. Social activity: Walking a dog is a great way to get outside, exercise, and meet the neighbors. People love to stop and chat; they might ask if they can pet your dog. New friendships are formed, and a sense of community evolves.

  5. Love: You will love your dog, and they will love you back. Their true gift to you is affection. The bond you create is one you will never regret.

I am so blessed to have shared the last 14 years with my Maltipoo, Benny. From the moment I brought him home, we were best friends. I brought him everywhere with me. He was part of my daily routine, even coming to work with me. I will miss him tremendously. There will always be another dog, but never another Benny.


Gigi Lori



"Where you go, I go, where you stay, I stay" Ruth 1:16