- They’re not just “child-substitutes.” Pets are companions, stress-relievers, and practice dependents. And they may be just what you need when you’re trying to conceive.
For the six years that my husband and I tried to conceive a baby, nothing was constant. Every day of trying was filled with emotional highs and lows. But the one thing we could always depend on at the end of the day was the unconditional love that our 40-pound, terrier-mix mutt, Aggie, offered. It was as if she knew when I received a negative pregnancy test or was recovering from one of my numerous miscarriages; she would instantly put her head on my lap, giving me that soulful look in her sparkling brown eyes that said, “don’t worry, it will be okay.” She always managed to ease my anxiety with her own brand of doggie psychotherapy. READ MORE»
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