Ways Animals Touch our Lives when we are Ill

Animals have amazing sense abilities. Way more than most people give them credit for. It’s amazing how well an animal can tell if a person is ill. When you picture family pets you think of playing fetch, giving them a bath when they play in the mud, and teaching them tricks. My family has received way more from our animals than we intended, and I couldn’t be anymore happy about that. Here are ways animals touch our lives when we are ill.


  • Animals can sense when something is wrong.

When dogs sense that you are hurting they try to help. They will cuddle you and try to make you feel better, with love. They will step in any way they can and they will do anything they feel will benefit you. It’s a pretty amazing thing to be able to count on an animal. Due to being dizzy, no balance, and being weak, I need assistance walking and my dog won’t leave my side when I stand up. I hold onto his collar and he guides me. He is always by my side.

Max 2017
  • They are there for you at your lowest times.

When you are at your lowest you can always count on your furbabies. I have my low days, and when I need to let out a few tears my animals are ALWAYS there to comfort me. Whether, they lick your face, cuddle with you, or even just there for you to vent to (because lets face it, they won’t talk back to you, sometimes a person needs that).

Joey 2017
  • They are there at times when you feel like no one else is.

When you are miserable, life can be hard. At this arduous time, you discover who your true friends are. When you are unwell for a long period of time, usually there is a small group of people who have been around since day one. But you can always trust that your pets will be there for you. They truly are a wo(mans) best friend. Animals are loyal and you can count on your sidekick to always be next to you when you need them.


  • They love you unconditionally.

When you are ill, you need all the support you can get. You are stressed, hurting, and just flat out miserable. During this time you need to keep your spirits high and be surrounded by good energy. We need to keep love in our hearts and animals are always there to keep a smile on your face. Their cuddles can always melt a persons heart. Being sick builds a bond with your animals because they tend to feel protective towards you.


Pepper 2017

Animals have an amazing bond towards their owners. When you are ill you tend to have a larger bond because they just want to help take care of you in their own way. It’s always comforting to know that they will be by your side during dark days, and there to have fun on your good days. They are more than animals, they are family.


R.I.P Pepper. You will always be in our hearts, forever and always. ❀

91 thoughts on “Ways Animals Touch our Lives when we are Ill”

  1. Absolutely agree with your post. I suffer from multiple chronic illnesses, but paw-therapy always helps (we live with two dogs and one cat). Nice blog, I will keep following you. Best wishes from Germany!

  2. My fur bean takes such good care of me,she knows exactly how I am feeling,thanks for visiting, see you on the other side of creativity, As Sheldon Always

  3. Such great points! I joke with my son that our dog and two cats, who are always near, are my squad.😁 They each care for me in different ways, which is very sweet. I too use my dog to stabilize myself…he’s a 130 lb German shepherd so he’s totally up for the job.😊 It’s hard to explain to someone without a chronic illness what that bond feels like but you’ve put it into words perfectly. They are always there, and it makes life a little less lonely, or a lot depending on their shenanigans.😁

    1. Thank you so much! That’s so awesome you have a squad!πŸ˜€ I know! My dad always feels left out because my dogs will ignore him to hangout with me! And that’s so great I’m glad I’m not the only one, I use my 140 pound English mastiff to stabilize me! We are lucky to have a bond with them! 😊 thank you for the feedback and I’m glad you can relate!!

  4. My furbabies do the very same for me, and I couldn’t have said it better myself! Both of my dogs are doctor prescribed emotional support dogs. I want so badly to get my border collie to be a licensed service dog, but I just don’t have the energy!

    I love the picture of you laying with your dog. I have one that is identical to it. One of my friends daughters has been diagnosed with POTS and EDS also, and she also has a pic just like that with her dog 😍😍

    I hope you get to feeling well soon! Thank you for always showing my site some love!

    Gentle hugs,

    1. Thank you so much! That’s awesome you experience the same thing with your dog! I have wanted to license my dog too! But you are sooo right, it’s a lot of work to do it!!
      Thank you, I love that picture too, it really shows our bond! And what a coincidence!! I’m glad she isn’t going through it alone, she’s got her furbaby!
      And of course! I enjoy your blogs, very well written! I appreciate you taking the time to read mine! πŸ’›πŸŒΈ

      1. I found out that you can actually just go online and pay to have your dog licensed! I’m sure for anything more than emotional support, you’d have to have paperwork and all of that.
        Thank you for such a kind compliment! Writing helps me a lot. I enjoy reading your blogs as well! I love how you’re trying to help people through your own experiences!!

  5. Seldom do I cry openly, but when my twenty year old kitty passed, it was a meltdown for me. Thanks for putting it into words, and the very best to you.

  6. Animals are the most faithful and loyal pets you can accompany yourself with. I love dogs and cats and they love us back no matter what.

  7. 19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

    20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Ecclesiastes 3:19,20

  8. I love this and totally agree, animals are magic. If you were in Washington I would invite you over to cuddle my goats and calves, they are magic

  9. I totally agree. Last month, one of my hospice patients passed away. Her dog was always by her side. The dog awakened the patient’s husband when she passed away. The nurse confirmed that the dog’s timing was almost exact. God does give animals a terrific sense of what is happening.

  10. I agree on all counts. Dogs are amazing animals. Mine likes to come up all excited when I sit down and write. I always ask him. “What’s the matter Lassie? Did Timmy fall in the well?” He never gets it. I admire the way they can love unconditionally. Great post. -Robert

  11. Thank you Mackenzie for the wonderful sentiments and photographs. I have been thinking exactly the same thoughts about my animal friends lately through this illness that I have. They congregate around me. In some ways I do not know if that is a good thing, because I have heard that therapy animals gather around the people that are most sick. But it certainly is a great comfort.

  12. Aw, RIP Pepper. I still miss my dog, who was such a support and best friend and always made me smile (he got very ill then sadly had to be put down about 5 years ago, but it still hurts to think of him even now). I’d love to have another dog one day. Brilliant post, I think there’s a lot of people judging by the comments that totally agree! x

  13. Nice to see your animals Mackenzie and it is always difficult, when they pass, they are family.
    Our animals are pure love and we can learn so much by watching their way of living. Both of my old cats, now 14 years old, have been there for me in very bad times and always given me their love and support. For the last 5 years, my dog has been doing exactly the same. They sense in another way, than we are able to and give so much love to us.

  14. I lost my pet dog Oreo last year and it was tough for me . I talk about her(oreo) everyday. The reason i named her Oreo is because she had black stops on her white body . I miss her so much. Thanks for posting your beautiful blog <3 and you know what oreo's favorite thing to drink/eat was — "strawberry flavored medicine" lol. Now whenever i think about her it makes me happy because of all the silly things she did and sad too because i lost her. If i ever have a single one wish i would ask for bringing oreo back in my life.
    I hope you have a nice day and thanks again for writing about pets .

  15. You wrote a beautiful and moving piece, Mackenzie. My dogs and cats have been many as I’m almost 66 years old. I have seen them come into my life and remain for a too brief time of friendship and mutual love before passing on out of my life. I wish you and your pets well.

  16. Beautiful post πŸ™‚ and you’re completely on the money, animals are so wonderful. My partner and I are planning on rescuing all our future animals. Cheers for this!! πŸ™‚

  17. You have always been able to find the best in your furry friends and them in you

  18. Great post!
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    I’d love if you’d follow! It means lots to me now, especially when I need all the support I can get!

  19. Hi, Love this post. My minders are two cats. They supervise me all the time when I am at home always one by my side. Both are healers and one massages me every day. They make sure I do not over tire myself pushing me to go rest. They have been healing me since they were kittens and especially when there is no one around to help me. They do. Organise my day. Love them so much. Blessings and many miracles for you. Thank you for liking my posts, gratitude.

  20. I’ve got three dogs and two cats. One of the dogs and one of the cats are highly attuned to any distress, be it physical or emotional, on mine or my wife’s part. The dog, however, sides with me during arguments. She will have nothing to do with my wife if she’s mad at me. πŸ˜‚

  21. Thank you stopping by. Happy to read this blog. The best thing about animals is that they are there with you when u are in a bad situation or feel sad they are always with you no matter what happens and gives a lot of unconditional love as well. I have got a dog as well her name is Lily(Boxer cross breed). She is quite friendly, calm and affectionate.

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  22. This is a beautiful post. I wish I could have a dog or a cat myself but I’m not allowed πŸ™ But even looking at pictures of animals melts my heart.

    R.I.P Pepper <3

  23. Love the post McKenzie and your doggies too πŸ™‚ Granny says we are great doctors, great nurses and the best healers and we bring you right back to earth when you’re somewhere else with your mind πŸ˜€ Pawkisses for a wonderful day πŸ™‚ <3

  24. Cats and dogs are also amazing during times of heart sickness. I am not sure I could have survived separation, divorce, and custody issues without the four legged animals in my life.

  25. When mine acts daft I know my mood is dropping, it’s an intervention before anyone else sees. Spot would be by my side always if she could, were a good team. She has kept me here more than anything else.

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