Dogs and Health

Three amigos - Diego, Ernie, and Bert

Three amigos - Diego, Ernie, and Bert

There is no doubt that I love dogs – and think that they are a wonderful addition to families – and in my case, the office.

I have always enjoyed the company of dogs– and my house has three doggie doors. My last dog I took to the office daily, and my patients loved the little guy.

There have been plenty of articles written about the value of having a pet. But let me give a few simple tips:

If you have a dog– walk them. It does not matter if you have a big back yard, or if you have a dog door– the dogs need to be walked – -a lot. The larger the dog, the more exercise they need.

So, I am ready for a dog in my life again – -but to honor the dogs I have had recently – I am showing photos. I miss my guys – and have missed walking with you. Two of them – Bert and Ernie- died after 16 years of great service. Diego is gone after five. But love them all, and am looking forward to the next member of my family – who will also get to greet patients in my office, and will become a therapy dog for our patients in the hospital.

For those of you who don’t like dogs, I am sorry – sometimes I can’t help myself here.

Dr. Terry Simpson About Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago where he spent several years in the Kovler Viral Oncology laboratories doing genetic engineering. He found he liked people more than petri dishes, and went to medical school. Dr. Simpson, a weight loss surgeon is an advocate of culinary medicine. The first surgeon to become certified in Culinary Medicine, he believes teaching people to improve their health through their food and in their kitchen. On the other side of the world, he has been a leading advocate of changing health care to make it more "relationship based," and his efforts awarded his team the Malcolm Baldrige award for healthcare in 2011 for the NUKA system of care in Alaska and in 2013 Dr Simpson won the National Indian Health Board Area Impact Award. A frequent contributor to media outlets discussing health related topics and advances in medicine, he is also a proud dad, husband, author, cook, and surgeon “in that order.” For media inquiries, please visit

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  1. Cate.TV says:

    “To honor the dogs that I had recently” – thanks for sharing with us Doc! – Here’s my photo to share Lois (passed away at 12 7/30/09) and Charley (12) and Belle (11) – the current posse includes Chloe – but as she says I’m famous already in Internet Life so it’s ok to skip me this one time :}

  2. elizabeth hannan says:

    is there life with out dogs? It would be boring:)

    I have three too. The are a voice command activated pack and my furry kids.

    Thanks for sharing!


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