Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wet Nose Therapy

 All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day.....Author Unknown

       Let me begin by saying that I don't have a degree in psychiatry, nor have I ever seen a psychiatrist. I haven't even played one on TV (although I have stayed at a Holiday Inn).....but I digress.

     What I do know is that there is a lot of talk out there about ways to be happier and I have one small suggestion you may want to consider trying....I call it Wet Nose Therapy. For all you dog/cat owners out there - you know what I'm talking about.

There are many moment's in a day when we could all use some wet nose therapy.
  • You wake up exhausted and just want to pull the covers over your head
  • You had a lousy day at work
  • You had a fight with your best friend, boyfriend, spouse (no Hubby I don't mean you)
  • You got a speeding ticket, didn't get the job, spilled your coffee on yourself....
  • Insert your own scenario here
Then something happens......a wet nose nudges your hand or head butts you, and instantly there is someone saying "Hey, it's ok. I understand you even if no one else does. And even if you didn't get the job, drive too fast, broke up with loser (No Hubby, not you), I still love you and that's all that matters."

You can sit and talk to them without judgement for hours on end and they will just listen and they will love you no matter what you tell them....How amazing is that?

I currently live with  2 psychiatrists:

Kim cat (my 20 lb baby)   

Daisy Mae (my 10 lb street tough).

    Daisy is my snuggle bug who never misses a moment to show her extreme affection for whoever is present. On a bad day I only have to pick her up and within seconds the wet nose makes things a little brighter. Now Kim Kat's a different story as he's my "own terms" cat. As in, I will snuggle with you on my own terms. Yet, somehow he always manages to sense when I could use some support and he's there with a gentle head butt to your leg to just say "Hey."

      If you don't currently have any 4 legged doctors on staff, I highly suggest looking into getting one. I myself would have a dog doctor as well if not due to my severe allergic reaction to them. I have a lesser allergy to cats as well (God's way of keeping me from adopting every stray out there) but a strong supply of allergy medicine makes things tolerable. 

Some of the health benefits of owning a cat or dog include:
  • lower blood pressure - particularly stroking dogs and cats
  • reduced heart rate
  • relaxation
  • a mood boost through increased serotonin levels (feel-good hormone)
  • increased social interaction - see Dogs and Autism
  • develop outward focus
  • improve confidence & self-esteem
 So if you are looking for some alternative medicine, my advice would be to take two of these and call me in the morning....... :)


  1. I wholeheartedly agree....we love our two kitty cats! Even though they tend to get into mischief with each other and items around the house, we love them dearly. Johnny just loves his cats....and looks forward to seeing them when he comes home even if he has had a rough day. Love the pictures!

  2. Adrienne,
    I agree, cats and dogs are wonderful givers of warm fuzzies!!
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    The contest is in honor of the author of "It was a dark and stormy night." Edward George Bulwer-Lytton.
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  3. @ Jackie - Your 2 cause a lot of mischief if I remember right. Daisy is the troublemaker of our two. :) They definitely make your day better. :)

  4. @ Rel - I had heard of this contest in the past but forgot that it was started because of this author. Even the rules are funny. :)

  5. They are brothers after all.....but when one isn't feeling right or is scared the other does worry about him. So that is sweet.

  6. You are so cute. Take two of these and call me in the morning. Ha! I couldn't agree with you more. I've has dogs all of my life and wouldn't know what I'd do without them!

  7. @ Jotter - Animals just add so much to our lives....they really are like medicine...just not the bad tasting kind. :)

  8. You are right on point with this one. My 2 dogs keep me sane and laughing, which is the best medicine!

  9. @Barbara - Mine do exactly the same and I'll take them over medicine any day. :)

  10. I love this and I could not agree more. Sometimes all you need a sweet, wet nose to make all your worries in the world melt away!

  11. @ Ruthie - When I first saw your pictures of Ernie, I knew you would understand Wet Nose Therapy. :) Thanks so much for stopping by!