Most of us have or used to have a pet. Most of us have lost a pet. It hurts – bad. It’s like losing a member of your family, which it really is. Below are a couple of articles that describe why pets are so important to us. We all have our own personal stories – please feel free to share with all of us. I really miss Murphy, my 75 lb pure white Samoyed.
“Whether it is a cat, dog, turtle, bird, fish, or iguana – pets can become a very important part of the household because they provide plenty of advantages to their owners. In fact, a lot of studies have already confirmed the various emotional and health benefits a pet can offer. Here are a few of the good things a pet can give you. For one, your animal companion can easily relieve you of stress. Whenever you come home from a tired day outside, you will have your pet to hug. You will be provided with comfort and your fatigue will simply evaporate. You can also tell your pet anything you want because it will not talk back nor tell others what you said.
Additionally, animal companions are great for those who are single or who are living away from their families. Your pet can easily alleviate your loneliness, can be great source of enjoyment, and can even provide protection. Another thing, your cat or dog can be of great help if you are sick or at the recovery period of an illness. Your pet can allay your depression and feelings of self-pity. If you have kids and you let them take care of an animal, they will be able to learn responsibility and they will surely grow up to be caring individuals. Of course, pets are tested and proven to be great playmates for children. Moreover, pets can be helpful to old people as well. The need to feed them and give them a walk will encourage seniors to engage in physical activity, thus promoting their health. As you can see, there are overwhelming facts to support the importance of pets. So, it is imperative to learn how to protect them the best you can.
“•Pets teach children to be better communicators and more successful. Interviews with the CEO’s of the Fortune 500 companies indicate that 95% of them had pets growing up as children.
•Studies on outcomes of persons who have suffered from a major heart attack show some interesting facts. First, having a pet at home is as important to their outcome as any single medication. Second, having a pet at home to pet and talk to has been shown to be as important as having a spouse at home!
•Pets have often been referred to as a "social lubricant". Ever notice how it is so easy to greet and talk with someone on a walk if they have a pet.
•Did you know that petting a dog or cat lowers your blood pressure?”