How A Dog Might Offer Support In Coping With Divorce

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By Jackie Pilossoph, Divorced Girl Smiling Editor-in-Chief

I wrote this piece for the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press, and got to thinking, getting a dog might offer support in coping with divorce and getting through a rough time. Think very carefully before you commit to a pet, but I will say, this article is pretty convincing. 

6 Reasons You Should Definitely Have A Dog For your Emotional Well-Being  

by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press

I’ve never considered myself a dog person, so I’m not quite sure how I ended up with a 3-pound Havachon puppy two weeks ago. Nevertheless I am now a dog owner and I’m not afraid to admit that I have unexpectedly become one of those dog lovers who thinks nothing of letting my puppy kiss me on the lips.


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Despite my aversion to that wet dog smell, poop on the rug and licked furniture all over the house, I have to admit that I have fallen madly in love with this adorable, furry, cuddly, fun little pup, who showers me with kisses several times daily and who happens to by laying on my lap as I write this column.

My new four-legged friend named Jackson got me thinking, is a dog really man’s best friend? What are the emotional benefits of having a furry friend? (And I’m not talking about a boyfriend who has a lot of body hair!) What does a dog’s love give us? What does it do for single people? And how does having a dog impact families?

Click here to read the rest of the article, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press.

Like this article? Check out my blog post, “Riding The Roller Coaster Of Divorce.”


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Divorced Girl Smiling offers advice, inspiration and hugs. If you want a Cinderella story, be your own fairy godmother. You're the only one who can pick out that perfect glass slipper!

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