• Jude-Anne Phillip

Our dog the psychiatrist

Updated: Jun 10, 2019

In a previous post I introduced you to our puppy Coby (my son corrected me on the spelling of the name from the last time).

Well Coby is still very much a part of our family, just as miserable and lovable as ever. But, apart from digging holes in the yard and chewing everything in sight (yes he still does that) I have come to realize that having Coby in our lives has completely added to my family’s well-being.

Although he causes stress every time I go outside and see a new hole in the grass and a pile of dirt in front of the door, he also relieves my stress when I come home after a long day with his wagging tail and hilariously clumsy ways. It is unbelievable the number of doors and walls he has run in to.

Even though he makes me or my son cry every time we find a chewed up shoe or favorite toy, he is also able to sense when we are sad or depressed or hurt and always comes over to lick our hands to try to make us feel better with a genuine look of concern on his face.

When my husband or I aren’t able to go out side to play with my elder son, guess who is there ready, willing and able to be his playmate. Coby.

Having a dog or a pet in general has been claimed to be extremely beneficial to your physical and mental well-being and Coby continues to be a testament of this theory.

Amidst the chaos of the day, in a strange way, Coby provides a sense of calm and stability for all of us. He is a friend to my sons, he provides comic relief when needed, he makes sure that we get our exercise and out door time and is an expert boo boo fixer, apart from mummy of course.

If you have been toying with the idea of getting a Coby of your own for your family I would highly recommend that you go for it. If you live in the US, websites such as PuppySpot make the search extremely easy, with hundreds of adorable puppies for sale, all looking for a loving home.

Looking through the puppy photos almost made me feel like adding to our family …


If you do decide to take the plunge and get a four legged psychiatrist for your family, here is one piece of advice that I will share – hide your shoes!


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