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Dr. Weil's Life with Dogs (Video)

Dogs can help human beings become happy, healthy and whole. We can return the favor by giving our canine friends far better lives than they could eke out in the wild. Dr. Weil reminisces about the dogs he has owned and loved - especially the two he lives with today, Rhodesian ridgebacks named Asha and Ajax.

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I completely agree; I adopted a bouvier December 30 & two weeks later my mom died. My dog has been a 'soul saver'.

March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElinor

I have a Rodesion Ridgeback and she is the best dog I have ever had and I can never imagine Life without her although I know some day it will happen and the void in my life will be so tremendous. Her name is Abby

March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Klein

Oh, boy is Dr. Weil ever right here (again). Now that he's given us this advice on how valuable they are to us, I need some advice on dealing with the fact that my fatihful yellow lab, walking partner and beloved companion of years, will one day leave me :(

I wish I could NOT think about this.

March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPam Turner

Our dogs are so important. We lost Lucky on Valentine's Day this year. He was 15 years old and a beautiful black lab mix. It broke my husband's heart as he and Lucky took walks at the lake and went riding in his truck on his days off. It broke mine because I took him from sick to well when he was a puppy. Someone had dumped him and he found us ..... crawled under our fence. But, with all of his, we would not have missed the time we had with him for the world. We count ourselves lucky (no pun). A week later I talked my husband into going to the pound and we found Harley, a 10 week old black lab mix. If Lucky could have had a son, Harley would be his! Harley is his own dog, but some of his antics remind us so much of Lucky. Our 5 year old female black lab/border collie mix, Precious, has been very gracious with Harley. She and he play very well together. Of course, we introduced them slowly to each other to be sure that all would be well. We just can't imagine not having dogs as a part of our family.

March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGail C.

I found a white dog back when I was traveling at the age of 20, I had no house and no strings attached. I named her Shanti, and we became best pals. Her presence prevented me from becoming too lonely and sad on my travels. How lucky I was to find her! Dr Weil is right, it's a healthy thing to have some being that takes us outside of ourselves, especially in this really self centered society!

March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSamuel Savard

I have followed you on the internet, with your health advise, & in many books that I have read by you. You are so right when you say that having a dog less life is unthinkable. I recently lost a dog after 17 years. She was about 95% wolf, & a wonderful pet, unlike the picture that is painted by some about wolves. My new dog is a Black golden with a bit of border collie & is very smart, & well minded. Friends ask me why are you getting another dog, your life was free of responsibility..but I like you can not imagine having a dog less life. I think you are right about dogs making you healthy & whole, & in his case he came from a abusive home, so I have rescued him.

March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaryn Hyland

I am chronically ill and know in my heart I would be worse off today if not for my dogs. I agree with Dr Weils that you have to take care of their needs also and makes you get up, get them fed, take them out. If I didn't have them I would stay in bed all day I bet!! Love my dogs, they are not only companions they are my family.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranother dog lover

After losing our 13 year old german shepherd, we got our first rhodesian ridgeback girl and like you we are now stuck with this breed :).

Every one of them has their own unique personality, yet provides their people with so much love and loyalty.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElke

My wife and I both grew up with dogs. I grew up with labs and she grew up with golden retrievers and basset hounds. We are trying to decided what kind of dog to get our daughter for her 3rd birthday. I'm not sure who will be more excited me or my daughter!

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Life without dogs? Are you kidding me?
I live with 3 dogs that give me their unconditional love, and I can count on them to care for me when I'm not well.
Thanks for confirming this, but I think that most dog owners already suspected something like this! ;)

March 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLadyG

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