Pets provide us with companionship. There is nothing more soothing than talking to our pets about our day and not having them judge us or even respond. They are always there when we need a friend to talk to. Spending quality time with a dog, cat or other animal can have a positive impact on our mood and our health. Pets can be calming stress-fighters. For some active people, that includes playing ball or Frisbee in the park. For others who can’t get outside, just petting your dog can help you feel connected.
It is in our nature to nurture. To have pets that truly rely on us for their well-being validates our purpose in life. We keep pets because we take pleasure in taking care of someone or something. Pets show us how to trust. Our pets trust us to keep them safe and fed. Pets help us enjoy the little things. Their excitement and zest for life teaches us to enjoy every moment.
Pets can help us connect with other people. We are much more likely to strike up conversations with strangers if there are pets involved. Just across the street, Lake Union Park offers large, grass spaces for your pet to roam and socialize with other dogs. The park also has great trails for walking and running around the lake, allowing you to socialize with other dog owners while getting some fresh air!
People with pets are generally happier, more trusting, and less lonely than those who don't have pets. They also visit the doctor less often. That’s because pets give us a sense of belonging and meaning. It makes us feel like we have greater control of our lives.
Pets make us active. Whether it is taking our dog for a run, feeding the chickens, or chasing our cat around the house in a fun game of tag, our pets get us moving. And we all know activity keeps us physically and mentally happy.
Pets may help us live longer. Lowered blood pressure, lowered cholesterol, lowered heart rates. A growing number of studies are suggesting that pet owners live longer, happier lives.
Life is sweeter with pets. With their funny quirks that make them like little furry people, and the way they rely on us and love us for who we are, our pets make life all the better and more whole.
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