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How Many Blessings Can You Count? Pets and Our Mental Health!

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles M. Schulz

Once upon a time, when I was a little girl, I saw a newspaper ad for an opportunity to win a sheepdog. As a young girl, especially one who had never had a dog before, I was extremely excited when I saw the ad. I immediately ran over to my dad to show him the newspaper ad and to beg him to let me enter the contest for a chance to win the sheepdog.

Of course he said yes.

Little did I know at such a young age that he said yes because he obviously knew that my chances of winning this perfectly loveable sheepdog were pretty much zero for me. The apartments we lived in did not allow us to have any pets, so we would never be able to own a dog - as long as we lived there.