I have two furbabies and I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love these two. They are always happy to see me. Always.

Before I was diagnosed with celiac disease I had this fog and feeling of depression. It made getting up and going to work difficult. All I would think about at work was going home and crashing. I had no desire to be at work and it made me miserable.

sheila under the gate

My two dogs are always be waiting for me to come home, with one peeking out from under the gate every day. Once I get in the door it is a full on attack. One barks and wiggles like he can’t simply contain his excitement. The other jumps and spins like a mad woman. They both fight for my attention. It helped to temporarily lift that fog from celiac disease. It made me happy to see them so happy.

Before I knew I couldn’t eat gluten I obviously ate it and then I had to eat it to be diagnosed. There were days when my digestive system seemed to be killing me from the inside out and my dogs would come and lay with me on the bed. They knew I didn’t feel well and wanted to cheer me up.

week 7 (9 of 10)

There really is nothing like the unconditional love from a dog. Yes, at times I get upset with them for barking or pulling out the garbage but I can’t stay mad at them. They just look at me with those big brown eyes and wag their tail and I just melt. They cheer me up when I’m down. They make me laugh when I want to cry.

Today’s prompt was:

Write a thank you letter to your furry, feathery, or fishy friend for always being there for you. How have they helped you cope with your health condition?


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.