January 2016

Falling off the wagon? Get back on with your dog's help

Now that January is almost over, how are you doing on your New Year's resolutions?  Right on track?  Or did you just scarf down an entire batch of cookies while wasting 3 hours of your life watching The Bachelor?  Wait, that's just me?!?  Well, for those of us needing a pep talk, here are four ways your dog can help you get back on track with your resolutions:

dachshund on red wagon

Lose weight

It's the most common resolution...  While the gym is still uber crowded, why not dust off your pup’s leash and hit the pavement instead?  I always enjoy the high from getting fresh air and exercise.  For days when the weather doesn't cooperate, some indoor fetch or tug of war is good too.

Reduce stress

Years ago I read that the simple act of petting your dog helps reduce stress.  Have you tried it?  It totally works!  Next time you’re having a bad day, take a deep breath, snuggle up with your pooch (bonus points if you actually get down on the floor) and give him/her a good ear scratch or belly rub.  It’s a win-win!

Live your life

Dogs don't typically have to balance work and life like humans, but we can still take notes from our pup’s behavior.  When your dog chases a squirrel, or dozes off on the couch, or is fixated on the treat in your hand – are they thinking about anything else?  Heck no!  They are focused and in the moment.  So when you’re spending time with your friends and family and you get distracted by work or TV or social media, try to think like a dog: concentrate on what's important and live life to the fullest!

Support charity

There are many awesome organizations and volunteers improving the lives of animals.  Consider volunteering at a local rescue group, or fostering an adoptable pet.  Who knows, you may end up with a new best friend!

What are your resolutions?  Is your dog helping you achieve them?

Houston Dogs Best of 2015

2015 was a year of huge growth... I grew a baby (she arrived in August) and I grew a business.  It's fun to look back at all the pups I photographed.  Here are 15 of my favorites from 2015.  Vote for your favorite on the Megan Murray Photography facebook page by Jan. 10, and the winner will receive a complimentary gallery-wrapped canvas!

Baby Bear

Baby Bear

Ziggy

Ziggy

Juno

Juno

Bud

Bud

Eddie

Eddie

Khloe

Khloe

Sasha

Sasha

Riley

Riley

Hank

Hank

Titan

Titan

Piper

Piper

Lola

Lola

Gizmo

Gizmo

Oliver and Duke

Oliver and Duke

Bo

Bo