Okay, do you need a happy cry right now? If so, we have just the video for you.
This little girl has a favorite stuffed animal, a doggie named Luna. But she always wanted a real-life puppy of her own. Her parents decided to make that Christmas wish come true. They chose a puppy that looks almost exactly like the little girl’s stuffed pal, and then they made the swap. The sweet little girl’s reaction is priceless.
Here she is with the stuffed doggie:
And then the real thing:
Yeah, you could say she is pretty happy:
Awww. Something tells us that this little girl and her new puppy are going to be very happy together. There is just nothing like the love of a loyal pet, especially when you are a little kid receiving your first dog. It’s an honor and a privilege, and it teaches kids the value of responsibility and empathy. Not only does owning a pet reduce your risk of allergies and asthma, it also keeps kids active! Walking the dog and playing outside will encourage them to get off the couch and into the outdoors.
Additionally, research has shown that kids with pet dogs are much less likely to suffer from anxiety. How amazing is that? The researchers at Bassett Medical Center in New York found that only 12 percent of kids with pet dogs suffered from clinical anxiety, as opposed to 21 percent of kids without dogs.
Animal-assisted therapy has been growing in popularity across the country. Dogs are even used in pediatric recovery rooms, as research shows that they can help to reduce a patient’s pain and help them to ease out of anesthesia.
Another similar study found that children on an oncology ward were more active and had an improved appetite when a therapy dog was present.
Now we’re really crying happy tears! Is there anything dogs can’t make better? Sigh.