In order to take dogs across the border from the US into Canada then back into the US again, you need a health certificate from your vet saying they are healthy and up-to-date on their shots. Before our trip out of Alaska, I took my 11-year old Lab/Husky mix Kona to the vet to get his. All the vet techs commented on how young he looked and they couldn’t believe he wasn’t half his real age. That actually happens a lot when people ask me how old he is.
I of course started wondering, what does my big boy (one of the nicknames I have for Kona) get on a regular basis that keeps him happy and healthy, and as a by-product, younger looking? I mean it’s not like I feed him special doggie vitamins, send him for doggie massages weekly, or have taken him in to the local canine plastic surgeon for a doggie face lift.
This is what he gets. Nutritious food, healthy amounts of exercise, and positive love. That’s it, Food. Exercise. Love. Pretty simple.
This made me think about my own life and what I get on a regular basis that makes me feel happy and healthy. And no surprise here, nutritious food, healthy exercise, and good love that I give and receive are on that list.
I would also add being out in nature, living life at a slower pace, reading, being mentally stimulated by things that interest me, and good friends. Pretty simple. If I get those things on a regular basis I feel young no matter what my chronological age.
I should probably add that having such an awesome dog as Kona in my life helps too. ;)
What do you need on a regular basis to feel your best? Do you have those things? If not, what can you to do get them?Join the conversation on the blog by leaving a comment below, or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org
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