Ruby lifted me out of a dark place
Getting a dog utterly transformed day-to-day life for businesswoman Sylwia Polak. “She just bonded with me straightaway and she brought so much happiness into my life,” recalls the 27year-old who lives in Tralee, Co Kerry with her partner and five-and-half-year old rescue dog, Ruby, who is part collie, part huskie. “I was a bit depressed before I got Ruby. I was going through a rough patch in my personal life, and there was work stress as well. There was nothing major wrong, but I just felt a bit down. “I decided that when the opportunity arose I’d get a dog. I was thinking about a puppy but when Ruby came along she was just perfect. I fell in love with her. Now, 18 months after Ruby, then aged about four, entered her life, Sylwia, a Polish national who moved to Ireland about 12 years ago, says she’s happier, more confident, physically fitter, and has lost weight. She’s dropped from a dress size 16 to a size eight, primarily she believes, because of all the exercise she takes with Ruby. To ensure the big dog gets enough exercise, Sylwia, who recalls that she previously took taxis almost everywhere, walks or skateboards up to 5km several times a week with Ruby loping alongside her. “I have always had cats but my relationship with Ruby is much closer and more hands-on,” says Sylwia, manager of Tralee’s Eurogiant store. “When we’re out we’re meeting people along the way and they always stop for a chat. I’ve met a lot of people that way and made friends — just from walking my dog. “When you look into her eyes you just feel the loyalty, love and peace, and you cannot help but love her. “Ruby has lifted me out of that dark place. It’s about the companionship. We rely on each other.”
LOYAL FRIEND: Sylwia Polak says her dog Ruby has transformed her life, helping her to get fit and to make new friends.