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I think about the power of dogs a lot. Mainly because I’m up close an personal watching them release their super powers to just about everyone they meet on a daily basis…

I’ve heard people say no dog’s ever met a stranger, but I’ve often pondered –

What’s the connection for the stranger?

In the past this was one of my private thoughts as I watched strange humans become overwhelmed with emotion petting Jaxson as we walked through the hospital…

Whether they were a patient, family member or staff – sometimes the display of affection baffled me. Remember, I’ve not been a dog enthusiast all my life. #anotherreasonwhyIknowGodworksinmysteriousways

I’ve gone down the Goggle rabbit hole plenty of times to unlock the phenomenon of how a dog –

  • releases endorphins
  • lowers blood pressure
  • eradicates anxiety

However, it’s a different story when you get to experience it day to day with so many different humans. #ImblessedItellyou


even briefly, can boost your health – was the title of a fascinating article. It was as if this was written to somehow validate what I witness at work…


while working in the therapy dog field and spending what some may think is “WAAAYYY” to much time with Jaxson #pooponthem LOL

Dogs have taught me to live in the moment.

I’ve never seen Jaxson preoccupied about what he experienced earlier that day, nor have I ever seen him fixated with what’s about to happen later!

Although this seems like an uncharacteristic way for a human to live his/her life, when implemented in doses, this mindset can lead to having more simplistic and uncomplicated moments in our days…


once showed me the magical power behind animal therapy. Since then, I now understand how strange dogs make people coo, giggle, and sometimes cry openly to release emotional stress. My epiphany was finding out it happens to all of us – even me! #yougottoreadmystory

Dr. Gee said it best –

Pets are not a panacea; they’re not necessarily going to be great for every single person. But for people who really get it, who really connect with the animals, they really can make a big difference.

Nancy Gee, Professor of psychiatry and director of the center for Human-Animal Interactions at VCU


whether he’s solely for the family or a working therapy dog, can impact our nervous system in a beneficial way with the slightest physical touch.

This is my new personal physician, he was meeting me for the very first time – like a meet and greet – nice to get to know you sort of thing. I doubt seriously if he heard a word I said… #helikesdogsthereforeIlikehim

Dogs really can connect with us, they do it without the ability to use words – they have this incredible way of speaking to our hearts.

Enjoy this short 4-minute listen by NPR: Petting other people’s dogs, even briefly, can boost your health.

Thanks for reading, come back again soon ❤️

  • Vicki Brumbelow
    September 1, 2023

    I learned Charlie Charizard’s superpower when a neighbor saw us out walking and stopped us to say “I love seeing you guys out walking. It brings me peace and calm.” And the light came on. What I also learned was that Charlie Charizard whether he was working as a therapy dog or just hanging out with me gave me that same peace and calm. I miss Joey and Charlie Charizard every day.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 2, 2023

      I would have never doubted how much you would understand and relate to this post Vicki, both Charlie and Joey were incredibly gifted animals.

  • Debbie Matos
    September 2, 2023

    Love this❤️❤️

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 2, 2023

      Hey Debbie, how’s it going? Thanks so much – take care.

  • M. McDonald
    September 3, 2023

    It’s one of the best feelings to see your dog provide a few minutes of joy for someone, whether they were just a passerby or a patient. Bravo you and Jaxson!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 5, 2023

      It really is Monika – talk about making your heart smile!