Michelle and I were watching ABC News one night while eating dinner (yes, we still watch the traditional nightly news like old-people) and this segment about the health benefits of having a dog sparked my interest. Of course, Charlie generally sits next to either one of us while we are eating and watching the news.
The notion that you can "trade everything in your medicine cabinet" for a dog (or pet) is intriguing. I realize that statement may be an over-exaggeration, but I do believe that having Charlie around is a mood-booster. The segment confirmed for me what I have always known about having a dog in the house. When I come home and I know Charlie is there it gives me just a little something to look forward to. That unconditional excitement shown to Michelle and I when we walk in the door can't be replaced by anything else. And I only realize the importance of that simple feeling when Charlie is absent (usually because we are getting ready to be on vacation so we have already taken him to someone's house to be watched).
Charlie makes me happy. And, according to research, he is helping to keep me alive and healthy.