Dogs are good for Mental Health

You may have heard of the ‘black dog’ and mental health but the red, brown, white and all the rest can be part of your life.

There are many proven positive benefits to our mental and physical health in having a dog, such as walking and the company of a dog. Here is a link to a great article about this www.dogshome.org.au

Sometimes our lifestyle does mean some extra challenges with pet ownership.  It is worth looking at some options to see how the responsibility of pet ownership can work for you, especially if you work away.

Boarding kennel services can offer special care for FIFO pets. Some kennels arrange the same room for your dog each time and the option of leaving familiar items ready for the next stay. Look out for staff that are aware of the need for routine and offer extra play and cuddles for your dog! Ask around and visit a few. There are boarding services that offer a drop off and pick up service. Most dog care services offer a discount for FIFO workers.

For other workers the option of a having a dog sitter is a good one. There are people who will both house sit and walk and care for your pet each day. The usual checks like police clearance and references are important.

Or maybe you don’t want to own a dog, but are keen to find ways to have a dog in your life.

The Dogs’ Refuge Home in Shenton Park is encouraging people to learn more about the rewards involved with becoming a temporary carer for one of the shelter’s homeless dogs.

FIFO worker, Ms Belton, says her work commitments make it impossible to own her own pet, but says being able to foster dogs in need is the next best thing.

“Fostering a dog from the Shenton Park refuge is not only a great thing to do in terms of helping the abandoned dog concerned, it’s also extremely rewarding and I get a great deal out of it personally,” she said.

“I know there are many people like me that can’t have a permanent dog because they work away and I’m sure there are also many FIFO workers out there who would love to spend time with a dog, and I’d urge those animal lovers to get in touch with the refuge and find out more about the fostering program.”

To learn more about the Dogs’ Refuge Home foster care program, contact the refuge on 9381 8166 or go to www.dogshome.org.au

“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” Kinky Friedman