Through the years I have been human to some amazing canines. They were my friend, my confidant, a playmate, snuggle-pooch and so much more. They are the memories I cherish.
When we moved from Utah to rural North Carolina, we pulled up to the house on moving day and on the front porch was a beige mutt. He was lanky and wiry, and we often joked “came with the house.” We named him Malcolm, and he was one of the most amazing animals I have ever encountered. Malcolm would make sure we were up in time for school. I left earliest to catch the bus to high school. Malcolm walked me the quarter mile down the driveway and waited for me until I got on the bus. If my bus were running late, Malcolm would become nervous and look at me, look down the road for the bus and then back up the driveway. He knew he had to be there to walk my three siblings to the bus stop, wouldn’t leave until he saw I was safely on the bus. I could expect him to be there for me when I got off the bus. He was frisky and took an interest in my day as we walked together home.
When I had Jake, we had a corgi mix named Precious. She was a rescue dog who had a less than joyful life. I came home 24-hours before Jake, and I remember showering and being so exhausted. I laid on the bed and Precious took care of me, licking my hair dry!
Last February, for Valentines, after years of convincing, my husband agreed to get a puppy. I searched the internet for our perfect pet. I wanted a small dog for the children to snuggle and play with, a gentle dog. I found a Shih Tzu and dachshund mix and The Divine Miss M went out in the rain to see if she would do well as a member of our family.
After days of discussion, we all agreed to name her Bailey Mae.
She is the best dog. When my husband was violently ill, he fell asleep on the floor. Bailey Mae moved her toys next to him and stayed by his side for 24 hours. If he coughed or moaned, she jumped up and licked him until he assured he would be okay.
When one of the children comes in crying, Bailey Mae is the first one there to lick and love them.
If we have “odd man out” at our house, our dog will go and get her favorite toy and bring it to the child who is feeling left out and offer to play fetch.
She wags her tail with joy. She has trained us to leave the blinds open if we leave the house, so she can see us coming back as she sits guard on the back of our couch. She notifies me if someone is anywhere near the front door–sometimes even before I see them.
Bailey Mae is the best thing to happen to our family. I see her soothe and ease my husband when he comes in from a stressful day. She makes certain everyone who walks through the door receives an enthusiastic welcome. She snuggles with each of us as we watch television and spends time with each of the children at night, tucking them into bed, staying with them and making sure they feel safe.
When tummies hurt, she is the nurse dog. She is loyal to us all.
It’s this unconditional love that makes her a family member. It’s no wonder a dog can help people with illnesses or in need of certain therapy.
We feed Bailey Mae Cesar because Cesar believes that a relationship with a dog can truly improve every life, including people in need. Dogs are capable of lowering stress, anxiety and even blood pressure.
Cesar created the Share a Story and Share the Love initiative, a social media campaign to help support and spotlight therapy dog organizations, to ensure people in need continue to receive the powerful benefits of a dog’s unconditional love. The Share a Story and Share the Love campaign encourages dog lovers to share the heartwarming stories of therapy dogs through their social media communities such as Facebook and Twitter. In return, Cesar will share the love with three therapy dog organizations through donations that help continue the services the provide to people in need.
Cesar Cuisine understands dog owners and their relationship with their dog. The American Humane Association specially trains therapy dogs to help others. Under the guidance of a certified clinician, therapy dogs help to heal people physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially. Visit cesar.com/therapydogs and share the real-life stories of therapy dogs spreading their love!
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