Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all

One of my favourite sayings is “‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all”

I’m sure all us genuine dog lovers can relate to this, and totally agree with the statement that Dogs Lives Are Too Short Their Only Fault Really

Having said that, aren’t we a lot better off for having them in our lives in the first place ?

Thankfully I was lucky enough to grow up in a household where for the majority of the time, there was always a dog present. Our first family dog was Cindy, a cross between a Corgi and a Norwich Terrier, who was tragically killed in a road traffic accident at a very early age. Next came Tara, Skip, Ben and Tim with all of them keeping a special place in my heart and important life lessons learned with them all.

I can’t even begin to imagine what growing up without a dog would have been like.

Thanks to my parents, it now looks like not only did all these dogs bring years of enjoyment, happiness, and at the end, lifes first encounter with real loss, but contrary to the non dog households belief, it’s was far healthier to have been a child growing up with a dog in the house than without.

According to this Article researchers, whose report appeared in the journal Pediatrics, found that Finnish babies who lived with a dog – or, to a lesser extent, a cat – spent fewer weeks with ear infections, coughs or runny noses. They were also less likely to need antibiotics than infants in pet-free homes.

So the next time you have non dog owning family members or friends over that reach straight for the hand sanitiser after their child has been petting, or been licked to death by your canine companion, tell them to chill out, you’re doing them a favour, and because they are family or friends, you’ll charge them not one red cent.