Just over two weeks ago a friend asked me if I wanted a Kitty. I had been thinking about getting a Cat for some time now and when this opportunity came up I thought "Oh why not?!"
She is the sweetest most affectionate easygoing little Kitten I've ever had...! It has been a few years since I've had an animal around the house and let me tell you...
Kitten snuggles are the BEST! And look closley. she has two different coloured eyes. How cool is that?! (green and blue)
Did you know that there are some health benefits of owning a a Pet?
Pets can improve your mood
How can you not smile when you come home and are greeted by that happy tail wagging and doggie kisses? You could have had the worst day and all your pet knows is that you are home and that is TOTALLY COOL with him!!
Pets lower blood pressure better than Drugs
While medication does help to control blood pressure, they aren't as effective in controling spikes in blood pressure due to stress and tension.
* By no means am I suggesting that you discontinue taking perscription medication. However, there are examples of the very positive affects with the interaction between pets and humans which have been phenomenal.
Pet visits to hospitals and retirement/nursing homes: Just the simple act of petting a dog or cat can help lift the spirits of a person. The positive memories suddenly return, the ill patient is comforted by the slobbery kisses of a dog whom they've never even met before. A therapy dog becomes a lifeline for someone in need. Besides the known Guide Dogs, there are dogs for people with Autism/Aspergers, Epilepsy, Narcolepsy and even Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS).
Dogs encourage you to get outdoors and exercise
A common misconception with some dog owners is that if they get themselves a small dog, they won't have to go for walks.
As a Professional Dog Walker, I am going to tell you that that is not the case.
All dogs need to walk. They where literally born to walk!
Granted, there are some breeds who need more exercise than other breeds but nevertheless, They all need exercise. And this is a fabulous way for the owners and even the whole family to get involved and go walking!
Pets are a great source for social support
I know that when I am out walking my clients dogs there's not a day that goes by that someone doesn't ask me "Hey, what breed is that?" Or once they get to know me and the dog I'm walking they ask "How's the big guy doing? I see you out with him all the time. He looks like a BEAR!" One of my dogs I walk is a Bouvier who is between 125-130lbs.
Quite often there is a social community that develops. Every Saturday or every evening the dog owners all meet in the park and the dogs play. The humans get to know eachother and the dogs.
In some cases, dogs can also be a real "Babe Magnet!" ha ha.
And people (like me) just love to meet dogs too. I was crossing at the lights one day and a woman with her dog was crossing opposite me. I said to her in passing "Beautiful dog" to which she replied "Oh thank you.."I hesitatied for a couple of seconts but then actually turned around and followed her back over to the curb. I asked her if I could say hello and we ended up visiting for 20 minutes! She had told me that she really appreicated the fact that I was interested in meeting her dog. She thought that it was kind of me to ask to spend time with him. He was a sweet boy... <3.
Pets give unconditional love
Whether you are having the worst kind of day, you're fighting with a friend, you lost your job or you caused an accident, your pet will never judge you...
They are loyal, loving and they make for a great sounding board.
This is Gaston: A French Bulldog who has "Loveable" written all over him!