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I recently read an article which stated something I kind of already knew at a mammalian brain level. Scientific research has shown that petting a dog everyday releases the stress hormone, cortisol.
And living with a dog increases Oxytocin levels (that feel-good "love" hormone). In fact just by having a dog look at you, you get the rush of love hormones.
It totally makes total sense then why my stress levels are so high now, they are causing violent muscle spasms that are actually rotating the vertebrae in my neck.
All this explains my current predicament. Here Plummy (and the Sausage before her) were working hard to keep my cortisol levels at bay while my Oxytocin levels were raised just by having them near.
My theory - Now that is gone and the total opposite has happened. The love hormone disappeared and the stress hormones have taken over.
Life without a dog is very strange to me. And I am a stranger in it.