Nurses & pets (Italian Greyhound lover here)

  1. [font="arial"] i find that after a chaotic day at work dealing with the public ... the patients, the doctors, family members, visitors, and with each one wanting something or other ... i can come home and relax with my dogs.

    i am just "peopled out" and i don't want to hear another human voice, answer the phone, or turn on the tv for at least an hour or two. i just want to crash and burn. i certainly do not want anything that beeps, buzzes, or resembles a piece of equipment at work or a call bell!


    my italian greyhounds are better than any therapy that money could buy. ((i also have cats and fish, but the dogs are always the happiest to see me.))

    they greet me with unconditional love, wagging tails, and bouncing as high as i am tall ... with their little tongues lapping my face a mile a minute.

    the stress just starts to slowly melt away as i play with them, watch them run through the yard full speed, cuddle and pet them. i'm not sure which of us is the happiest to greet the other. lol.

    i have noticed that many nurses are pet owners and just wondered if there are any more ig lovers out there? ... or if you have pets, what kind?
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  3. by   DDRN4me
    I got one just a couple of months ago..he is only 4 mos old, and such a lovebug! Makes me soo happy to come home!
  4. by   JentheRN05
    I don't have a IG, but I have a basset and a boxer and a wolf hybred. So I love coming home to them too. The boxer is especially loveable
  5. by   Esme12
    I am sure you all see my precious weimaraner. Casper The Grey Ghost. She is 18 months old and is better behaved than my Kids (most of the time) , I'll never have to pay for her to go to college, and she won't drive the car! After my other dog passed away at 17yo..I knew I had to get another dog....there is nothing better than comming home after a miserable night to someone who is devoted only to you and will listen all night long!!
  6. by   nursemary9
    i happen to agree witheverything you all have said!!
    the love of my life is a mixed breed boy named barney!!

    barney is 10 yrs. old & the day i went to the no-kill shelter to replace my fox terrier was one of the best days of my life!!

    as dh & i were walking into the shelter, dh said, i hope you look a round--don't just get the first dog you see. it was at precisely that moment that my eyes met barneys & both of us knew, this was it!!
    it was practically instant bonding!! i don't know why we connected that way, but we did!!

    he is the joy of my life--such a happy dog. always ready to cheer me up & be there for me!! he's also super protective!!

    i guess i'm getting carried away!!

    mary ann
  7. by   Tweety
    IG lover here. They are so sweet, cute, and loving and affectionate and mean everything to me. Nothing better than snuggling with my two pups.

    The are very needy and clingy sometimes though.

    (your print is so small and hard on the eyes for us old folks. LOL)
  8. by   Cheyenne RN,BSHS
    I am going to try and enclose an attachment pic of my babies. Hope this works??:uhoh21:
    Last edit by Cheyenne RN,BSHS on Sep 23, '10
  9. by   Tweety
    It works! They are adorable!
  10. by   DidiRN
    Pug lover here....I have one and another one I am fostering. Plus a chihuahua mix who just turned 15 years old. Oh, and don't forget the cat, a Persian
    I tried to upload a pic but keeps saying it's too big...have no idea how to make it smaller. If anyone has any hints let me know, would love to show off at least one of my pugs.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Golden retrievers are the love of my life. That and my two fuzzy furball cats. I adore my 3 pets. Hope to add another golden to our lives when dh retires and we settle in a home someplace. I cannot imagine being w/o her.
  12. by   Mandarella
    Greyhound nut here...my ex-racer passed away 2 years ago this month. He was *my boy*...nothing will ever compare.
    Currently we have a dogue de bordeaux (Turner & hooch), he is terrific, a gentle giant. He misses his greyhound brother, he never did get that attitude back after he died.

    In a couple years, when I am done with school I will adopt another grey, it breaks my heart to see them and not be able to take any home. We are not here enough right now to be fair to a new addition, they need lots of love and encouragement when they come off of a track, they actually have to learn what windows are, stairs, and sadly how to even play like they should.
    *sigh* I will just keep watching them getting placed into homes, and feel proud I could help with that effort at least.





  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I love all animals.

    I have 2 fish (getting a 3rd). The somewhat other-half has a rescued Basset ("My Little Girl"), and my parents have 5 cats and 2 dogs, all spoiled. So i have 7 siblings, even if they are cats and dogs.
  14. by   Roy Fokker
    I love dogs.

    I agree - nothing like coming home to a wagging tall and a slobbering tongue who acts like you are the bestest friend in the whole world and they haven't seen you in years :chuckle

    Sadly, I can't even afford rent or groceries - much less a pet :stone :roll

    I sometimes wish people would be more like dogs - caring, trusting, affectionate - unconditional.

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